"Everything that Glitters is not Gold." Chapter 1*

The “Millenium Mobster” is what Nancy Jackson Carroll called herself. Carroll just received a ten-year sentence for stealing over $8 million. She even had the audacity to reach out to the publisher of the Wolf of Wall Street. *That is the name of Chapter 1. She said the cover of the book would have her hands in cuffs holding a Louis Vuitton handbag. Carroll suggested that Reese Witherspoon should play her character in her true crime movie drama. http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/northeast-tarrant/article192568014.htm

In a recorded phone call with her mother while she was in custody in Lake Forest, Illinois in 2016, Carroll laughed about the crimes, saying they were "only white collar." "Your actions have destroyed a lot of lives," said Gallagher, who told her she didn't need to apologize to him. Prosecutor Nathan Martin called Carroll a "financial predator."

People don’t view street crime as a laughing matter. But suite crime is also no laughing matter. You are more likely to be a victim of #suitecrime than you are to be a victim of a violent crime. https://ucr.fbi.gov/nibrs/2016/resource-pages/nibrs-2016_summary.pdf

What people don’t understand is that white collar crime affects them and costs them. It is not a victimless crime. The fraudsters steal for the money and the money comes from somewhere. That somewhere might be directly from you or from your employer or your retirement etc. 

When someone works for a large organization he or she may think that it is too small to notice or he or she deserves it for working extra hours, being away from his or her families, or having a terrible boss. This is all part of the rationalization section of the fraud triangle. In my experience, I have heard all types of rationalizations. I even understand and can somewhat relate to the rationalizations.  But as I tell all my victims the only thing you can control for is the opportunity. Remove the opportunity.

Carroll could rationalize a $100k second wedding, a $75k pool, $12.5k for Taylor Swift tickets. Let's hope you don't become a victim of #suitecrime.

Wall of ShameKelly Paxton