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    • Donald Sanders

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    • July 10, 2017 in Columnists

    I’d like to see the real criminals in jail

    Americans sure are funny. The funniest thing about us is the way we think about and handle crime. We seem to jump on the most insignificant crimes, like our sons and daughters often go to jail for trying pot or some other stupid drug. At any given moment, our county jail is full to the brim with idiots that commit stupid crimes. I know I’m one of them. That’s OK, we know that if we break the law and get caught that is what happens — you go to jail.

    That’s all well and nice but what’s so funny about that, you may ask? OK, here it is. I think it would be really, really nice if one of our City of Winters cops would go out and arrest one of the real criminals of our society that do pretty much what they want, when they want and never have to worry about getting arrested. Imagine what would happen if a City of Winters cops went after and arrested one of the untouchable corporate big wheels.

    The sad truth is that they wouldn’t be a cop very long if they went after a real criminal. I would be wrong in assuming that if a citizen of Winters, California was a victim of fraud, at least one good cop would take note of it and in the end, someone would be arrested. Like I said, I would be wrong.

    What the heck am I talking about, you may ask? Going back as far as 2011, two million sham accounts were opened, complete with forged signatures, phony email addresses, and fake PIN numbers. The criminals I’m talking about were signing up customers for checking accounts and credit cards without their knowledge. This crime affected over two million families, some of which live in Winters.

    To top it off, then these criminals charged customers at least $1.5 million in fees for the bogus accounts. Many of the victims took “significant hits” to their credit scores for not staying current on accounts they didn’t even know about. They’ll likely have difficulty securing home and car loans at any reasonable rate for years to come, simply because their bank decided to defraud them. You would think that for a crime of this magnitude, at least one person would go to jail with the pot smokers.

    Of course I’m talking about Wells Fargo Bank and the 5,300 employees that got fired for committing fraud upon the unsuspecting public. Well, it’s business as usual for Wells Fargo, and no one was arrested and no one went to jail. They were fined $185 million but they profited up to $5.6 billion in just the second quarter of this year.

    If you or I went out and did the same thing, the cops would grab us by the scruff of the neck and there we would sit, in a cell with the pot smokers. What the hell? What is really sad is the fact that this is not the first time something like this has happened. Do a little research and you’ll see what I mean. If you want to read about something really scary, look up the BCCI Bank. They were involved in similar activities but at a larger world-wide scale. They committed fraud, murder, corporate corruption and political espionage, and nearly got away with it.

    Well I take that back. They did get away with it because not one single person went to jail. They were guilty of murder for hire, fraud and blackmail, and they bought half of the senate and congress. Their activities were broadcast out into publicland and not one person went to jail. I think I’m gonna barf!

    I would love to see Officer Ramirez or Officer Ramos jerk one of these big crime criminals by the scruff of the neck, but it’s not gonna happen. They are too busy throwing your sons and daughters in jail for smoking pot or some other kind of crap because that is what they are forced to do.

    Don’t get me wrong — both of these guys are excellent cops and they do their duty very well as I know from experience. It’s just that I would like to see them go to new heights. Just once, I would like to see one of the real criminals go to jail.

    Just once.



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