Pennsylvania’s gotten a good bit of attention over the years for its inordinate amount of corruption. The usual law enforcement wisdom is that hefty jail time for criminals is a good deterrent. They can’t really embezzle pension funds if they’re behind bars, right?
Well, there’s apparently a lot of sympathy among federal officials for elderly embezzlers like 81 year old Charles Poalillo, Jr. He embezzled a million dollars from his employees’ pension fund, and of course pleaded guilty. By special arrangement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He’ll get three years probation. And yes, he’ll have to return some of the money.
But what’s the lesson for other Pennsylvania embezzlers?
A million bucks!
Three years probation!!