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Mason City woman accused of embezzling from Clear Lake auto dealership


This news story was published on October 28, 2016.
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CLEAR LAKE – A Mason City woman is in jail after being arrested on three felonies for allegedly embezzling from a Clear Lake auto dealership where she was employed.

On October 28, 2016, Amy Monahan, age 42, from Mason City, was charged with:

Ongoing Criminal Conduct, a Class B Felony
1st Degree Theft, a Class C Felony, and;
Forgery, a Class D Felony

The charges conclude a seven month investigation into reports of misconduct by Monahan while she was employed at Lake Chevrolet, in Clear Lake, from 2013 through 2016. During the course of the investigation, it was determined Monahan misappropriated over $50,000 in funds during a two year period of her employment.

While employed as officer manager, Monahan was responsible for employee payroll, employee benefits, accounts payable, accounts receivable, reconciliation of accounts and monthly financial reports.

Monahan is alleged to have: taken money, received extra employee benefits, used business funds to pay on personal credit cards, and forged checks all without permission or knowledge of Lake Chevrolet.

Monahan remains jailed Friday night on $40,000 cash or surety bond.

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72 Responses to Mason City woman accused of embezzling from Clear Lake auto dealership

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 31, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    why do they say she made a mistake NO PEOPLE she stole that means not a mistake but means she is a thief

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 31, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    No a child should not have to take crap because of the choice the parent made but yet Amy made the choice for them . I bet the people she stole from also have kids and they also are having to pay the price for her actions .If you ask me she did not give her kids the loving home a good parent should but a bad parent she is

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    Forest Reply Report comment

    October 31, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Stupid is as stupid does.

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    No sympathy Reply Report comment

    October 30, 2016 at 10:14 am

    You are her family, you should know. Her ex-friends she has screwed over, caused problems for and those she has stole from know all about her past endeavors. As well as the fact she can’t pass a simple background screening for certain positions. There are reasons for this. It’s called she has a past with this type of behavior.
    That doesn’t mean she hasn’t been lucky enough in the past to not have charges files against her.
    I think she’s been very lucky thus far.
    Time for Amy to pay back those she has wronged and to society.
    Humble up and stop lying.

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      Troy Reply Report comment

      October 30, 2016 at 11:41 am

      I am not part of her family. So I don’t know who you are referring that too. You say all these things anonymously. Again, she has not done wrong by me. She will pay for her crime, it still shouldn’t give people the right to trash her and not have the decency to do it to her privately. I hope something from your past never comes out and you are treated the same.

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    Peace Reply Report comment

    October 30, 2016 at 10:08 am

    If you think I’m defending stealing, you miss the point. Everyone of us has done something we are not proud of; maybe it was illegal, maybe it wasn’t, maybe we got caught, maybe not. The point is we should not take pleasure in others pain, to do so only continues the cycle of hate and shame.

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      Troy Reply Report comment

      October 30, 2016 at 10:13 am

      I agree. She will have to pay for the choices she made. We don’t need to add to it.

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        Kelly Reply Report comment

        October 30, 2016 at 11:16 am

        Maybe you have never on the other end of Amy and her husband which by the way his name is Troy, talking,judging, spreading rumors, and encouraging others to do the same about people who just made mistakes that by the way were not illegal. They were nasty with their mouths and words. They gave no empathy. But her friends and family are asking others to do what they did not. You get what you give. Apparently they have been rude and awful to many. Just look at all the comments. Appears she has hurt many.

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          Troy Reply Report comment

          October 30, 2016 at 11:47 am

          You are right I haven’t been on the receiving side of any of these things. I know Troy and figured people may get us confused but I’m a totally different guy. I just feel bad for her kids. They will feel bad enough. People, especially kids are cruel. They didn’t ask for this negative attention that they may be feeling. Like they say, two wrongs don’t make a right. If you are one of the ones they wronged then you can understand why doing it to them is wrong.

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            MO

            October 30, 2016 at 11:58 am

            I think when the people she has wronged are asked to stand in Grace for her that is very hard as I personally know a family they trashed. . So I guess what you are asking is probably the right thing to do, but many are unable as Amy and Troy didn’t opt to do the right thing for others, they slammed on social media and felt good about it.

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            James

            October 30, 2016 at 1:37 pm

            No a child shouldn’t have to deal with the crap their parents say and do. But she should have thought of those consequences while continuing an ongoing criminal activity. maybe stealing was her addiction and like all addicts she didn’t care about the consequences for others.

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    Troy Reply Report comment

    October 30, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I know Amy. If she did do this, I’m sure she’s wishing she didn’t. But going on here bad mouthing her isn’t the right thing to do. Everyone makes mistakes, maybe not this big of one, but no one is perfect. Please remember her family has a lot to deal with already they don’t need all of these other negative comments in addition to.

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      No sympathy Reply Report comment

      October 30, 2016 at 9:10 am

      If you knew Amy, you would know this was a pattern. Patterns are not mistakes.
      I’m sure the several families she has stole from in the past and the many people she has hurt and crossed the past few years also feel very different.
      She’s a horrible very judgmental person and exactly where she belongs.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 30, 2016 at 9:36 am

        Just curious, you say this is a pattern, I don’t remember ever seeing anywhere or hearing anything about Amy doing something like this in the past. Why do you say this is a pattern?

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        Troy Reply Report comment

        October 30, 2016 at 10:12 am

        I have only known Amy for a few years. Do I know everything about her, no. But I’ve never seen any of the issues you are claiming. Maybe you have had different experiences with her. But again, it doesn’t change the fact that her family doesn’t need to see all these other things people are writing. If people had these issues they could and should of addressed these issues with her personally, not in a public forum. I’m sure all these people casting blame have things in their lives they wouldn’t want others commenting about for their children and family to see.

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      James Reply Report comment

      October 30, 2016 at 9:11 am

      The only reason she’s wishing she didnt do this is because she got caught. No remorse befote being arrested I’m sure.

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        Troy Reply Report comment

        October 30, 2016 at 10:04 am

        That’s like for anything anyone has done. Maybe she left there because she knew she did wrong. I honestly dont know. Was she wrong to do what she did. Absolutely. But if you can honestly say you have lived your life and not made a mistake that you regret then you’re a better person than most.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          October 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

          Maybe I got fired

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          James Reply Report comment

          October 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm

          Sure everyone has done wrong in their lives. But there are degrees and what’s she’s accused of isn’t a small matter. It just exacerbates the lack of remorse shown until locked up. I agree with someone else though…she’ll plead to a lesser crime and get a slap on the wrist. They do it for meth dealers and murders so why not her. But at least prospective employers will know the real her.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 30, 2016 at 12:58 am

    I predict in 60 days she will have a change of plea hearing, plead guilty to a lesser charge, request a deferred judgement and get it. Then all of her friends will say she had a bad lawyer telling her to plead guilty.

    Warrants aren’t issued without enough evidence linking an individual to a crime. No one is arrested on a hunch. The ones that are saying no way, will have to learn to come to terms.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    This family dealership drinks like fish , Billion probably found it when they started looking into there cooked books .

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    Shirley Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    how do people think they are not going to get caught stealing from their employer?? These car dealerships need to be watching employees closer it sounds like. Didn’t Ron LaFrenz get the boot from the ford dealership just recently too?? Come on, people!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Stay strong, get a good attorney and hope you don’t go to prison and meet big bertha!

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    Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Amy, here’s the deal, your true friends and family will be there for you whether you did this or not. We will not judge you, we will just be there for you if you need us. Stay strong.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 29, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      By the looks of the charges, 3 different class felonies there must have been quite a bit of EVIDENCE against her. AND the amount of time that went into an investigation. I don’t think it’s a question of “IF”.
      Looks to me like she’s GUILTY!!

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      WHY? Reply Report comment

      October 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      So if you are standing with her, not ashamed of her why not post under your real name? That is just 2 funny

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        Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

        October 29, 2016 at 7:09 pm

        My name is Anonymous Too just like your name is Why?..,Just the way it is on here.

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          WHY? Reply Report comment

          October 29, 2016 at 7:17 pm

          I never announced to anyone that I would stand with her, you did… so why not really show her how you are going to stand with her and state who you are.. yea you won’t it is all lip service. My friends aren’t thieves.

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            Anonymous Too

            October 29, 2016 at 7:38 pm

            I don’t have to announce to her who I am, she akready knows who I am and that is all that really matters. That’s what friends do. It is because of resentful people like yourself that I do not use my name. If one of your friends made the same mistake and you did not stand by their side then you’re not really their friend are you. If she is indeed guilty of this then she will pay her debt to society and her debt back to the car dealership. That does not mean I will not stand by her side and support her through this. Sorry if that bothers you so much.

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            Mary

            October 29, 2016 at 7:50 pm

            Sound like (anonymous too) is a co-conspirator to this behavior and criminal.
            Btw.. mistakes can happen. But, if a mistake is done more than once. It’s a choice.

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            Anonymous Too

            October 29, 2016 at 8:05 pm

            Good point Mary and no I am not a co-conspirator just a person that has the ability to have empathy for friends and family, even if they do wrong, I will still be there for them.
            And even though this was a mistake Amy still made the choice to do wrong, if in fact she did do this.
            I am definitely not defending her actions just saying that true friends and family try and help support and be there for the people they care about even when they do wrong. If that makes me a bad person then I guess I’m guilty of that.

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            Mary

            October 29, 2016 at 8:14 pm

            When you support the actions of this criminal, you are enabling the behavior.
            These kind of people have mental health problems. You both should get evaluated.

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            Anonymous Too

            October 29, 2016 at 8:22 pm

            Marry- Guess that’s what you don’t understand Mary, I do not support the actions, I support the person.
            You must lead a perfect life Marry and have never made a mistake or a bad choice in your life. I’m happy for you.
            Like I said in a previous comment if in fact she is guilty than she deserves to be punished and I am all for that. Again I do not support the actions or the bad choice or the crime but nothing you can say can stop me from supporting and caring about the person.

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            Anonymous

            October 30, 2016 at 1:04 am

            Support them, stick by them, but maybe not leave your purse in the room with them.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    What a shame she is to the community. I know Lake Chevrelot sponsers alot around town. Not only has this woman taken from a family business, but I’m know in situations like these the rest of employees suffer and in this case a community for places they sponser such as a child’s softball team.
    Not only does this hurt her, but it hurts her family, the family she stole from, but all the families that are affected after that.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Live within your means or work harder.To steal from your employer makes you unemployable to any business to where you would be able to support the things you need.Looks like maybe you should move from Asbury because your money is dirty. $13.00 would have to steal to live out there.ALOT of the people living out there can’t afford it,they just like putting their lives on show for everyone else,I call this people fake they think they have it made.I wonder how many criminals live out there.People always complain of North end crimes,just goes to show crime is every where it just different types of crime

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 30, 2016 at 1:01 am

      Burger King, KFC and Taco Bell all hire felons. I smell a career change!

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      Snooterville Reply Report comment

      November 1, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Must in the water out there! A co-worker of mine lives on the street right behind her and she thinks her crap doesn’t stink. Constantly talking about others behind their backs, spreading gossip and tries to destroy those that don’t look, act or live the way she thinks they should! She worked her WHOLE life trying to move there and fit in and she wants to make sure EVERYONE knows she has arrived! Unfortunately, this spills over to the children she teaches at Harding. Such a shame!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I don’t believe anyone is blowing any smoke, unfortunately for Amy this is all public information, if you don’t want your name smeared don’t break the law, pretty simple.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Quit blowing smoke out of your behinds. Do any of you know Amy or are friends with her? Probley not. You people have nothing better to do than talk Trash. Mind your own business. Get on with your lives. Stay out of Amy’s.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 29, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Sounds like investigators “Probley” got to know Amy, eh?

      Bet Lake Chevrolet wishes that they had stayed out of Amy’s life, ya think?

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    PABLO SWIFT Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Did anyone notice where she lived? If Im not mistaken she lived in Asbury aka(assholebury) her ole man must make good money cause 13.00 hr wont let you live in a garage out there. Hummmmmmmm??????

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Hey face it, she did it, she got caught, and now it is time to pay the piper!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Moral of the story: pay your bookkeeper a living wage. $13 an hour isn’t it.

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    Peace Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 11:11 am

    If the below comment is true and Amy made $13/hr, and is accused of stealing 50 K over 3 years she, for that 3 year period was still barely over making enough to qualify for aid in Iowa (food stamps, etc.) Why would she risk all for so little, contrary to the remarks belo, she certainly couldn’t have been loving high on the hog; furthermore it reflects poorly on the individuals making such awful comment below, much more so than Amy’s charges (innocent until proven guilty). Remember, she is no different than you are, she has a family, a life and is a fellow human being. Would you want to be tried and convicted this way? Would you wAnt this, would you want your children exposed to this ? Maybe she did it, maybe not..but try having some empathy because this could easily be you or a loved one. No one is perfect except the baby Jesus and I don’t think he is making all of these judgements. Be a better person today!

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      Polio Loco Reply Report comment

      October 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      NO… Don’t flip this back onto the employer. She KNEW what the job paid when she applied and got hired for it. I don’t buy that excuse at all.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 29, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      I think the bible says, though shall not steal. I don’t think it says, though shall not steal unless you make under a certain amount of money.

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      Kelly Reply Report comment

      October 29, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Why didnt she be a good person and not take money that was not hers.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I never heard anything about her stealing from the boosters at MC schools. What is that all about?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 5:43 am

    those backing her arnt any better then she is, maybe they got some of the loot too or benefits from it, cant believe those that say she is innocent, I was in law enforcement and can tell you with a case like this all the info was run by the county attorney and he decided if charges would be filed and what charges. sure she might get off with a hand slap but bet she has to pay it back and it will be on her record for like, but like the other woman that stole from 3 employers, some business owner out there is just waitig for her trial to be over so they can hire her.

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    Run while you can Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    She’ll get probation. Nothing more.

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    Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Does anyone commenting on this page know proper grammar or how to spell?
    Oh and by the way I don’t believe Amy did this.
    I think she will be found innocent.

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    Barb Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    All you turdos best lay off. Amy didn’t do this. No way. You will all eat your words wate and see she walks free. idiots.

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    LOSERS Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    It’s funny how so many people talk behind anonymous names. If you steal at all you are a pathetic lose.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    She will get a suspended sentence and walk away with minor scratches

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      blodgee the inhaler Reply Report comment

      October 28, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      that all she deserve prolee innosent anyway I got no simpathy for some big car dealer id steal from them too heel wit them Amy I got your back girl~!

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    Lloyd Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Is that the same lake chevy that’s owned by Billion now ? I noticed there logo on trunk lids and tail gates has changed .

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      Run while you can Reply Report comment

      October 28, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Billion doesn’t own Lake Chevrolet. They bought out Pritchard’s.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    People. Let’s not forget she also stole plenty of money grim the boosters at MC SCHOOLS.
    Those are grim children.

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    Kelly Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Well Amy what lie will tell this time? I sure hope the Mason City family that you judged and trashed has seen this. One should not sit in judgement as you have when you have this skeleton in your family closet. #KARMA

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      big mamma.hawk Reply Report comment

      October 28, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Harsh words were spoken yes she can be vishous but maybe AMy was busy thinking about the cash from the carlot where to stash it hard to say.wasnt thinkin strait for sure heck noone can take it seriously it’s too bad she was angry about getting caught when she attack.we all saw it yes we did she an that caoch man too yes it wuz bad he lucky to geta job next time be nice think abut it AND DONT STEAL.

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      I DID IT Reply Report comment

      October 28, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      SHE IS INNOCENT SO YOU ALL JUST SHUT UP NOW!!!

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        MO Reply Report comment

        October 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm

        Well enough evidence to press charges. Courts will decide.
        They don’t investigate for over 7 months and press charges on with no evidence. Sure the Guvastfin family that she has trashed for months sure feel different.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    She looks sad

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    James Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Ok why the disclaimer at the bottom stating she’s innocent until proven guilty? You don’t do it any time else. Just look at the guy from ardale story. If you’re going to state it for this “white collar” crime you should do it for all. Including the riffraff.

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    Happy Feet Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Humility served. It’s about time! Sick to death of watching her parade around as miss high and mighty while slandering the crap out of others. I hope as you sit in your cell you remember the nasty things you have done to others this past year and then ask if you deserve empathy from any of us.

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      Stop Thief Reply Report comment

      October 28, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      Yup, the Hawkeye season tickets and nice house and all of the other fancy things — all the time, she was just a common thief. This happened before, but it was covered up or paid back.