*It appears Vacie Thomas can kiss her job at the Los Angeles NAACP goodbye.
According to Courthouse News Service and a news release on the website of District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, the 62-year-old Thomas plead “No Contest,” to stealing money and assets from an elderly couple and was sentenced to three years in prison this week. She had coaxed the couple into trusting her, and then – named herself as a joint tenant in their home – and proceeded to embezzle monies from them by writing numerous checks to the tune of $180,000 – which she used to pay for personal debt.
Thomas was ordered to pay restitution upwards of $100,000 by Superior Court Judge James Dabney; after prosecutors charged her with two counts of theft from an elder and committing two felonies through fraud or embezzlement for more than $100,000.
Thomas has also been accused of stealing $13,000, between 2008 and 2011 from Trandailer Brewer, 97, prosecutors said.
Of course, two wrongs don’t make a right. But didn’t I recently mention the injustice system where a city officia got probation only after he admittedly stole $480,000 in parking meter quarters?
He stole $480K from an entire city. Thomas stole $113K from three people.
Both were crimes. And both are wrong – That’s not being debated. But the punishment not fitting the crime equally is.
The only other difference I can see is that one “criminal” was a white man, and the other, was not.