Ex-Darien school official gets 5 year...

Ex-Darien school official gets 5 years for stealing nearly $80,000

There are 14 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 22, 2008, titled Ex-Darien school official gets 5 years for stealing nearly $80,000. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The former business manager of a DuPage County school district was sentenced Monday to 5 years in prison for embezzling nearly $80,000. Renee Spuhler, 48, of Montgomery also was ordered to repay $78,245 that ...

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La Grange Park, IL

#1 Sep 22, 2008
i wonder how much of that is going on at the cps the way they are always looking for cash
Lori Scott

United States

#2 Sep 22, 2008
Is the sentencing judge a Republican?

He seemed to be very judgmental and condescending toward the female defendant.

“things that make you go "hmmmm”

Since: May 08

Chicago Heights, IL

#3 Sep 22, 2008
"stealing government funds......."
That's rich.

Our "bailout" (read: postponement of financial disaster) is stealing a whole lot more public funds than this.

Maybe we should put her in charge of some kind of bailout program.
Former Downstater

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#4 Sep 22, 2008
Excuse me, but would someone explain why this gal gets 5 years, and Elnora Daniel skates into the sunset with a bloated pension package?

The crimes are virtually identical.
Mark Winshel

Berkeley, CA

#5 Sep 22, 2008
Since she stole less than seven figures, and in fact even less than six figures, her crime was actually viewed as a crime, and therefore she was sentenced to five years in prison.

However if she had stolen a really large sum, let's say several million dollars, there is an extremely high probability her crime would have been viewed almost as not much more than a somewhat unethical business relationship, and therefore her sentence very likely would have been a lot less than the five year prison sentence she received for stealing eighty thousand dollars.

And still furthermore, if she had stolen millions of dollars every year, and especially year after year, and also shared it with some of the other big boys: one, some of the others in the group would have had a big incentive to cover for her and let her continue to get away with it; and two, even some of those who were not participating in the embezzling would have covered it up simply because they would not want the general public to know that their govt agency was so extremely incompetently run that a large portion of the taxpayers' hard earned dollars were being embezzled and that it had even been going on for many years.
Get Real

United States

#6 Sep 22, 2008
Lori Scott wrote:
Is the sentencing judge a Republican?
He seemed to be very judgmental and condescending toward the female defendant.
As a matter of fact, I believe he is. How can you tell from this short article that he was condescending? Judgemental is what he's paid to be.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#7 Sep 23, 2008
Lori Scott wrote:
Is the sentencing judge a Republican?
He seemed to be very judgmental and condescending toward the female defendant.
Lori, since this occurred in DuPage County, of course he's a Republican.

Isn't a judge's job by nature goig to be judgemental?

Kinda like criticizing a mechanic for being mechanical.
what now

Wheaton, IL

#8 Sep 23, 2008
Gotta' love her terminology! She "suffered from substance abuse"! LOL
what now

Wheaton, IL

#9 Sep 23, 2008
Good grief!!!! We can write el oh el anymore??? No one told me that was a "bad" word!!!
long time resident

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Sep 24, 2008
why isn,t her boss(kelly kindrich) being questioned in this, renee pleaded guilty of taking 36000.00 and the state said it was 150000.00 kelly was widely known for her freespending ways, many of us think that because her dad is a longtime lawyer that the state dosent want to try her because of him. it dosent take a einstein to realize that how could this have gone on for 4 yrs and she didn,t know about this,hummmmmmm
long time resident

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Sep 25, 2008
her superintendent should also be investagted, how could she have taken so much over such a long period of time and not cought, kelly klienrich was answering alot of i dont recall s to questions thrown at her, sher recalls everything, her father is a longtime repulblican lawyer and many of us feel thats why her answeres were coached and why the state dont want to go after her...
long time resident

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Sep 25, 2008
kelly klienrich sure did high tale it out of the district before this money was reported missing, she should be investagted also, her dad is a longtime repulblican lawyer who coached her into saying i dont recall on questions about her districts spending, she recalls everything, her loose spending was the master culprit of the missing money.how could she not have known this money was missing over a 4 year period...

Darien, IL

#13 Sep 27, 2008
Should be some kind of legal action taken against kelly klienrich. She has to be responsible for some of that loss. Where is the legal system? They think they are sending a message to the community of what happens - yes, that the guilty who have ties in the system get away with wrong doing. Let's have a trial against Kelly AND her father for his wrongful coaching.
cape cod

United States

#14 Oct 22, 2008

What the @$$%& were you thinking?

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