Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

‘Embezzlement charges’

EDITOR:

I read with interest your article on the front page of the May 1 Mountain Democrat entitled: “Embezzlement charges for Cameron Park man” (by Cole Mayer). The fact that the institution the accused was apparently stealing from was only mentioned as “a bank” and “a federally-insured bank” caught my attention. The name of the bank was never mentioned. I would hate to think that the Mountain Democrat was protecting the reputation of a bank for political reasons.

As anyone who has been awake for the last 4-5 years knows, consumers have learned how unresponsive banks are to their customers when the chips are down. It is easy to determine that a bank which has been defrauded by its own employee does not want that known to the public. It certainly raises the question of their internal safeguards and their ability to protect their customers funds. Given that the article in question provided the name of the defendant, the U.S. attorney, the U.S. judge and the assistant U.S. attorney, it seems only logical and fair to have the banking institution named as well. Please tell the whole story by identifying the specific bank and branch for your readers as prominently as you identified all other participants in this story.

CATHY JONES
El Dorado

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  • Ernie louisMay 06, 2013 - 3:30 pm

    YEA!!!!! Selective Reporting has to stop. Ernie Louis

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  • WhattheheckMay 08, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Cathy.....I thought the same thing when I read the story.....the problem with your logic is that the MD provides any facts in their stories.....when has that ever happened?

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  • CatherineMay 08, 2013 - 3:21 pm

    The bank in question has apparently been very good at keeping their name out of ALL press. Even the FBI press release omits this. The accused's place of employment doesn't come up in obvious searches. So this is not an MD issue, but it's a great catch, noticing this large omission.

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  • EvelynMay 08, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    Catherine beat me to it. So I can but reiterate her findings. As difficult as it may be, we'll have to give the Mt. Democrat a break on this one!

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  • James E.May 08, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    Catherine, I believe I read a letter on this site awhile ago in which a bank customer noted the disappearance of his favorite teller at El Dorado Savings at their outlet down Hwy 50 at El Dorado Road and wondered if his money was safe. Of course it would be. I don't bank with them (although they have a good reputation), and I never dream about banks so ------. Also, possible that the missing teller fell in a sink hole, unrelated to embezzlement, and hasn't been found yet. Ken, no food after 5PM -- I feel your pain. Today for lunch I had strips of green pepper, some baby carrots and a banana. Dinner tonight will be something not over 400 calories. But, the price we pay if we want to look like movie stars, as we did when we were 25. After age 65 why cannot we just enjoy our coconut cake and half a banana creme pie? It's just not fair.

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  • Ken SteersMay 08, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    Life is not fair... If I was born in the 19th century then my rotundness would be viewed as a sign of success. Something to be admired. Then again I'd probably be dead by now. My daughter who is studying to be a chef made me a coconut vanilla cake. My favorite. Then told my wife. It sits on the counter like bait in a trap. My wife will pounce if one piece comes up missing.

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  • James E.May 08, 2013 - 9:14 pm

    OMG, white cake with coconut butter icing and coconut sprinkled all over it. One of life's best pleasures. My wife too -- makes it and puts it on the counter under glass and then gets a tad irritated when I want a piece about the size of half the cake. Makes it, and then doesn't want me to eat it except in baby sized pieces. Just doesn't make sense.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 08, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    Ken, James - Sorry to hear about your sweet tooth. I'm lucky. Gimme bacon, spam, steak, roast and an uncomplicated, quick passing with a full and happy tummy and a smile.

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  • James E.May 08, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    I was Spam abused as a child and now I try it about every 10 years to remember the abuse. My brother-in-law loves it -- when I'm in a generous mood I buy him a can.

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  • Ken SteersMay 08, 2013 - 10:08 pm

    Spam is fine. My indulgence is potted meat. I know gross but when I have one I hearken back to my child hood. Why do they make the cake in the first place? Who is it for? They can be so cruel.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 08, 2013 - 10:49 pm

    I love spam (from childhood) and " white cake with coconut butter icing and coconut sprinkled all over it." (one of my favorite) And who doesnt like bacon? You guys are doing this because I have a blood test in the morning, and cant even have water until after the test :P

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 08, 2013 - 10:53 pm

    I'm sorry, Fran! Good luck ;-)

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 08, 2013 - 10:56 pm

    Thank you I was at baseball and missed eating before the cut off time--so Im eyeballing the dog treats--wondering if they would affect my blood test...lolol Good night all

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  • Dude Where's My CarMay 09, 2013 - 7:00 am

    Its El Dorado Savings El Dorado Savings El Dorado Savings!

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  • EvelynMay 09, 2013 - 7:38 am

    Dude Where's My Car: How do you know? (My question does not arise from disbelief.)

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  • Dude Where's My CarMay 09, 2013 - 8:43 am

    He was my teller/account manager most of the time for years.

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  • CatherineMay 09, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    Thank you, gentlemen and ladies for solving the big mystery. Now, back to coconut cake. I find one can get much of the same thrill from a good macaroon. Egg whites and sweetened coconut and not much else. Marginally easier on the arteries.

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  • James E.May 09, 2013 - 3:21 pm

    Catherine, put a macaroon and a piece of coconut cake in front of me and I'll choose the cake every time. No contest.

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  • Catherine CatherineMay 09, 2013 - 4:47 pm

    That dammed buttercream. It'll haunt your dreams...

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