by Alexandria Echo Press
July 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Alexandria Echo Press
A candidate for Douglas County commissioner is facing two charges of writing bad checks. Continue Reading
Tags: commissioner, crime news, douglas county, elections, hensley, local news, mcleod county, Politics, Steve Hensley 12 Comments »
Quote â€œIf heâ€™s not able to manage his own checkbook, how can he be expected to manage a position on a $100 million corporation, which is the Douglas County Board?â€ Anderson asked.
I about died laughing, it’s almost like he means we will only spend what we have. It’s too bad we can’t arrest our politicians when they over spend whats in they checkbook, OH that’s right they just raise taxes in order to bring the balance up so it’s a little different for them.
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You make no sense. Hensley was spending money that wasn’t there. He was stealing from other account holders at his bank.
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I’m not sure if he was “stealing” so much but it does show he certainly ain’t ready to be a county commish. Learn how to balance your own checkbook before you’re put in charge of the county’s.
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It is tantamount to stealing in my opinion. Where do you think the bank got the money to pay these insufficient funds? Other than that, I agree with deim. I had troubles with my checking account when I was young too. Never at a felony level. And I also was smart enough to know not to run for county commissioner.
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The county and the Government write bad checks everyday
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They have the ability to write the “bad checks” … and we, the public, have the right to take that away from them if we get involved in our government. (Just don’t write large checks that bounce and then expect to run for office!) Any checking account holder knows that they do not have the ability to write big, bad checks… or you’ll pay the price, possibly at a felony level.
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I think there’s something else the voters of his county have to consider. Suppose they actually overlook this situation and vote him into office and then he gets convicted of the felony and sentenced to incarceration. How can he honestly serve his constituents from jail?
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This guy is still just a kid! I’m surprised they would even let him run for candidacy in the commissioner election and trust him with handling money. If he’s new to having a checking account, why the heck didn’t they look into this? How can he run when he’ll be in jail? and what does that say about him and the county? LOL This is nuts!
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It isn’t stealing from the bank. If he is being charged, the bank didn’t cover the checks. So no need to feel sorry for the banks. When they do honor a check issued on an overdrawn account, they charge you for it. If you look it is as stealing, the money stolen is from the person to whom the check is written.
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What is stealing? To take something without permission. Even if the thief intends to return the “borrowed” item before it is realized absent, it is still stealing. If you don’t believe me then perhaps you wouldn’t mind if your car was “borrowed” for the night while you were sleeping and returned before you awoke the next morning.
In the case of this candidate, he took money from the bank that wasn’t his without permission (call it borrowed if you want) with the intent of returning it before the bank knew he “borrowed” it but he wasn’t quick enough and got caught. It’s still stealing.
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Honey, the amount in question here is piddly. Check out the Commish in Freeborn Co. who is resigning August 1st. She has 13 felony counts against her for embezzeling and racketeering from clients of her own business. How much? At this point more than $1 million. Give this darling kid a break.
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I wonder…at what point should the public consider the amount to be something more than “piddly” and therefore ignore it? The amounts were excessive enough to be classified as felonious; ranking them with other crimes such as aggravated assault and/or battery, arson, burglary, illegal drug use/sales, grand theft, robbery, murder, rape, vandalism on federal property and more.
Most people that commit crimes such as these start out with “piddly” offenses. From there they either continue to commit these piddly offenses or they grow bigger. A lot of piddly offenses can add up to a very large amount. Such is true with most cases of imbezzlement and racketeering. These thieves don’t take one or two large sums of money and that’s it, they take many small sums over the course of months, years, or even decades until by the time they get caught the amount taken is very large as the story you told.
From 16 to 18 years old I went through a period where I committed shop-lifting. By your standards it started out harmless and piddly as I stole maybe a piece of candy. I got away with it once and so I got brave enough to try it again and each time I was successful I gained confidence. Pretty soon it was second nature and I was walking out with complete car stereo systems and six packs of beer. Oh yeah, that was only 3.2% beer so I guess that could be considered piddly too. I got so brave Iâ€™d go into the same establishment repeatedly in the same evening. It got to the point where I barely considered what I was doing to be wrong anymore. It was just something I did. Fortunately for me, getting caught was my clue to stop but others arenâ€™t always that lucky.
Depending on the frame of reference piddly may not be so piddly.
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