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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

CrimProf Douglas Berman Discusses Scamming Park Director Sentence

Berman_douglasFrom Ohio State University Moritz College of Law CrimProf Douglas Berman recently discussed the Franklin County prosecutor's decision to call for the former Columbus recreation and parks director and his former girlfriend to serve at least 60 days each for scamming taxpayers.

Wayne A. Roberts and Krystal Griffin pleaded guilty to theft and tampering with records. He signed off on her false time sheets for years before someone turned them in to police last summer. Roberts resigned and Griffin, a part-time employee with the city, was removed from the payroll.

"I think it’s awfully unlikely that they would get a sentence at the high end," said CrimProf Berman. He noted that both are first-time offenders who pleaded guilty instead of making prosecutors take them to trial.

"All judges are understandably concerned about being consistent. They also understand individual justice," he said. "The devil is always in the details." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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