Sunday, November 06, 2005

Money, Scams, and Priorities

Did you see the story about the scam involving the special potion that supposedly turned blank sheets of paper into currency? Like most scams, the perpetrator relied on the greed and gullibility of his mark. They are able to get away with crimes like this repeatedly because the victims are often too embarrassed to report it.

There was a little nugget in the Star Tribune story that was slipped in nonchalantly:

Formelu, an illegal immigrant from Africa , had no prior felony convictions. He was released on personal recognizance. His public defender, Bryan Leary, said he needs to review the charges before commenting.

I can imagine how the bail hearing went: "Let's see ... prior record ... ties to the community ... seriousness of the offense .... Oh! You poor dear. You are an illegal alien. Run this way and I'll stall the Feds." I have a cartoon bubble image of the nuns in The Sound of Music allowing the Von Trapp family to escape from the Nazis (represented in this case by immigration officials).


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