Skip to comments.Santa Rosa campus officer sentenced in theft of parking cash
Posted on 06/01/2014 9:25:40 AM PDT by csvset
A former Santa Rosa Junior College police officer was sentenced last week to four years in prison for stealing at least $150,000 from campus parking machines to buy home furnishings and go on vacations and gambling trips, prosecutors said.
Jeffrey Holzworth, who was a 28-year veteran of the campus police force, pleaded guilty last month in Sonoma County Superior Court to grand theft and 11 counts of possession of stolen property. He was sentenced Thursday by Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite.
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That's a good amount of pocket change.
What’s crazier than doing this at all, is that he got away with it for years and years. Another example of a system that’s almost “too big to succeed in it’s present form”. Somebody else was likely getting their palms greased and their bread buttered along the way.
No one thought that it was strange that the meters brought in less than expected?
The Title Officer didn’t think it strange that he paid for a house in quarters?
Still gets his pension?
They probably thought it was due global warming.
If you only steal 10% of the take, it’s hard to tell.
Fwiw, with the claims of $287,000 between 2005 and 2012, that's an average of $41,000 a year.
I have to wonder, did Santa Rosa make any money ? LOL
What do you bet that this crook will still get his pension?
Is that covered by state law, or a judgement call by some bureaucrat?
And now he gets an expensive parking space in jail. Has he been made to payback any of the stolen loot? Lieberals enjoy ripping off college students.
That is $170 per day assuming a five day working week, two weeks vacation and some holidays.
And that’s “after taxes” income.
I used to repair ATM’s for my bank as a side income. We always worked in pairs to prevent theft. One time we opened a machine and the “extra” cash totaled almost $200,000. That was actually a security breach to have that much money in an ATM, even if it WAS embedded in the bank’s brick wall.
The problem is that even with two people you run the risk of flight or collusion if the incentive is great enough. In our case, we didn’t even think of it. When you deal with that much cash all the time, you don’t even see it as money. Literally.
There was this parking meeter manager in a NJ township that emptied the meters each week and put the money in coffee cans. Because no one asked him to do anything with them other to collect the coins. He used a lot of coffee cans!!
They hired a new town manager and found the “20 year stash” of coins in a warehouse.
More to the story.... There was not one silver coin in the whole stash......Good management by the meter collector..... Town could never prove a thing....
Why not issue students parking permit display decals? They pay a monthly or semester parking fee and no machines would be necessary.
Ah but you can bet the campus ‘projects’ it rakes in more gelt with the coins in machines. Like the student sky high tuitions aren’t sufficient enough cash cows already?
My guess is it is covered by a union contract.
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“The investigation began after Holzworth was “observed collecting money while off duty and at odd hours,”
How many years did they investigate?
“The problem is that even with two people you run the risk of flight or collusion if the incentive is great enough.”
I’ve seen companies where they have policies that prevent hiring of relatives in order to prevent collusion; it is a misguided practice (with the exception of spouses, because under US law one can’t be compelled to testify against the other). In the meantime, I see de facto theft by managers hiring their friends for fabricated positions with no responsibilities at all (literally playing solitaire all day, interrupted only by lunch).
But did he get to keep his pension?
He was just augmenting his salary...