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Family Cheat Won’t Repeat

December 29th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t have much sympathy for wrongdoers. In the case of Patricia Popejoy from Bloomington, Illinois, I have exactly none.

The Bloomington Pantagraph is reporting Popejoy was sentenced earlier today to 180 days in jail after pleading guilty in July to financial exploitation of a disabled person and to tax fraud. The disabled person: Her brother.

Popejoy’s brother netted $1.3 million in a $3.2 million settlement stemming from injuries he sustained several years ago, rendering him disabled. Popejoy became responsible for handling his financial affairs going forward. Anything but responsible, she now must repay her brother more than $490,000 that she stole from him.

The sentencing judge could have put Popejoy behind bars for ten years. The judge felt that the financial strain Popejoy will endure didn’t necessitate such a lengthy sentence for the first time offender. The judge expects Popejoy to make payments of about $1,500 each month from her $1,800 monthly pension payments.

The least we can do for the disabled is make them feel comfortable. Popejoy, instead, preyed on them. Sometimes I’m at a loss when searching for an explanation. This is one of those times.

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