Brian Maass of CBS4 Denver reports that an Adams County woman has been charged with buying herself cigarettes and food with taxpayer dollars intended for crime victims.
The 16-year veteran was the assistant victim advocate coordinator for
the Adams County Sheriff’s Department. She has been charged with
multiple felonies for using gift cards intended for crime victims to pay
for necessities. She was videotaped at various stores making purchases
When confronted, the woman is reported to have said that she stole the
cards because “she was hurting for money.” She said she knew
it was wrong and that she would repay the money. It is believed that the
cards were used only in July and August.
She has been placed on administrative leave without pay, pending resolution
of the charges against her of embezzlement, theft and official misconduct.
It is mind-boggling that in an economy with an unemployment rate approaching
ten percent a person would jeopardize her long-held job for a few packs
of cigarettes. Still, let’s not forget that the law clothes the
accused with the presumption of innocence. And, this fundamental constitutional
right applies whether one agrees with it or not and whether or not there
is a purported confession. See if you can wrap your mind around that concept.