Payback, as they say, is, well, no day at the beach.
Consider the case of Greg Wade, former president of the Philadelphia Home and School Council, who pleaded guilty in May 2009 to forging 145 checks drawn on the council’s account and using $138,000 for such personal expenses as a 2009 Dodge Journey SUV.
When he was sentenced, Wade, 55, got what many in his position would consider a major break: 11-1/2 to 23 months of house arrest at his home in the Northeast followed by 54 months of probation. The only condition was that Wade repays the council $118,367 – money that was supposed to have been used for $500 scholarships for 30 public school students.
Easier said than done, especially for a 55-year-old man who had not worked in several years and who is now a convicted felon. So in January, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Joan A. Brown came up with an alternative – prison – after Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Liermann said Wade had paid a grand total of $155 during his first 16 months of probation.