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How do people NOT get fired for this sort of incompetence?

January 18, 2010

Read this article, please, and tell me how the people associated with this part of it

In 1986, there was the fourth husband: Thomas Kaplan, a psychologist and son of a prominent financier and philanthropist. They filed for divorce in 1999. Their large home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx was lost in foreclosure, and Ms. King had to file for bankruptcy, both personally and for her business, King Administrators.

Some of the bankruptcy filings made note of several hundred thousand dollars in personal expenses from Ms. King’s business accounts, including tuition for her children at the Fieldston School in Riverdale and large payments to Neiman Marcus. The bankruptcy trustee, Yann Geron, passed the information in early 2000 to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, records show.

“She was using company funds to pay personal expenses,” Mr. Geron recalled in an interview. “I did see problems, and I made a referral.”

No criminal charges were brought against Ms. King, and she went on with her life. She moved to a large house on a quiet street in Irvington, and continued to operate her business under a new name, King Care.

How is it that every person involved at this juncture is not being prosecuted, fired or both? Is this not another Madoff like theft?

400 members, people who bust their asses at hard core blue collar jobs are possibly sitting on ZERO benefits and ZERO money at retirement? Who fixes this? How?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Aaron permalink
    January 18, 2010 1:09 pm

    I appreciate your powerful anti-union stance, Curt. It shows your true heart — how you passed up membership in the most powerful union in the entire world, spurning millions of dollars, to follow your conscience.

    Or not.

  2. Suncatcher permalink
    January 18, 2010 1:34 pm

    BROWN SUPPORTERS!!! Check out this video – and pass it on to those who doubt!!! It’s FANTASTIC!

    CURT – could you please help spread this around??? Thank you!!!

  3. January 18, 2010 2:38 pm

    Great Stuff Curt…I was a neighbor of your’s at the Bayou Club in Largo years ago and a good friend of Von Hayes. Played many rounds with Von and Darren Daulton ( those rounds were interesting, to say the least). I have since moved back to my hometown Buffalo, as I am also a close friend of Ron Jaworski. Ron and I do plenty of charity work through his foundation. You also autographed a shirt for my Son Sammy and we have it hanging on our rec room wall. Keep up the good work as we are all conservatives and if you ever need help in any elected office, which I think you may be on the verge of looking into, please do not hesitate to contact me for help. Thanks and good luck.

  4. January 18, 2010 2:44 pm

    Hey, paranoid morons, I am still waiting for someone in this forum to start whining about ACORN too. What is taking you so long this time?!

  5. Steve permalink
    January 18, 2010 5:41 pm

    Just want to take this time to remind you that you are an overrated windbag who speaks his mind and gets accolades for putting ketchup on your sock(brilliant move by the way) cowardly but brilliant. You will not be in the HOF because you were an underachiever for mostly your entire career because you were happy being fat and lazy!!! P.S. You couldn’t hold Randy Johnson’s Jock strap and everyone knows you hated playing second fiddle to him!

  6. Todd permalink
    January 18, 2010 6:00 pm

    Curt – Please run for president in 2012! Seriously.

  7. Paula permalink
    January 18, 2010 7:58 pm

    On Martha Coakley’s Yankee’s comment:

    Bigger mistakes have been made –like the Red Sox paying you more millions when you knew you wouldn’t earn it. And the unions are bilking the system!

    Now that was dishonest. But since you brought it up, let’s talk about incompetence. Why didn’t George Bush get fired? He is like the walking talking definition of incompetence. That’s irrefutable.

    Look, thanks for the help with the 2004 title. But please keep your arch conservative politics out of Massachusetts. This will always be Kennedy country.

    And bag the man of the people stuff. Neither you nor Scott Brown are in the tax bracket of the people you claim to represent.

  8. January 18, 2010 8:04 pm

    How does TED KENNEDY get away with this? –

    Answer: THE DemocRAT MACHINE and a leftist MEDIA.

  9. John permalink
    January 18, 2010 8:55 pm

    Curt and readers: If you read the article, it’s clear that no employee of the Sandhogs’ union mishandled finances. The problem was their hiring of this outside woman who stole from the union’s funds.

    If the implication of this post is that the union screwed over its members, think again. The union management apparently made a mistake in hiring this woman, but that wasn’t because of bad intentions. Thank goodness it’s over — the union helped bust the woman — and hopefully some of the members’ funds can be recouped.

  10. A Rudy permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:30 pm

    Curt- play up MarSHa’s Yankee fan comment. Go door to door if you have to. Seeing you will as exciting as seeing Scott. We must win this election!

    Good luck!

  11. Bill Grant permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:46 pm


    God Bless you. God Bless Scott Brown. I’m a lifelong Yankee fan, so you know how hard it was to type that first sentence-instant carpal tunnel. The people will speak tomorrow, and Massachusetts, with your considerable help, will speak volumes.

    Best wishes,
    Bill G

  12. Peter permalink
    January 18, 2010 10:27 pm

    Thanks for 2004 and all you have done for the Red Sox.

    You can move back to the Arizona desert now. Stop pretending you know what Massachusetts voters want. Your right wing ideologies will be appreciated out in the Arizona desert.

    You have no context of what the average Massachusetts voter wants. You are a multi-millionaire with no real education (no offense). You are not qualified to pretend you know what the average person wants.

    I’m glad you have found Massachusetts a suitable place to raise your family. However, please realize the reason why this state is so great is because of policies and decisions made by liberal, honest, democrats like Ted Kennedy. The policies and people you support are not what built this great state or nation. Our local education system would be decimated if people like Scott Brown were elected year after year.


  13. Johnny RedSox permalink
    January 19, 2010 12:14 am

    First round is for Steve: Ketchup on the sock? Try again, sport. The bloody sock incidents (yes, it happened more than once) is hardly a hoax. I dare you to stand up and make the same claim at Fenway Park during a Red Sox home game, or at a pub in Boston while the patrons are enjoying a televised Red Sox game. You’re family will be lucky to give you an open casket funeral.

    Paula, second shot is for you: Kennedy country? John Sr. was corrupt. John Jr. was also corrupt beneath the surface, but benevolent to the Irish of the Boston area, Massachusetts, and later the whole nation. Robert was a leader, a good man. Ted was a colossal f-ck up, a drunk, and a murder. People voted for him with the hope that he could be Robert, or John. But alas, he was just a total waste of space on the floor of Senate. Five things he’s done for this Nation, or for Massachusetts, anyone? Five things that haven’t cost either more than their worth. Go ahead, I’ll wait. I’ll give you ten years to come back empty handed. You’re a blind fool. Ted was a drunk, and he’s gone. Massachusetts deserves better.

    Third round is at John: Try reading the article and Curt’s post. Neither claim that the Union is somehow at fault. The Union is filing suit against King, and criminal charges. So clearly, no one is pointing the finger at the unions.

    And round four goes to Peter: You have terrible health care in Massachusetts, and give it five more years under liberal control and you kids will be bankrupt. See California for reference. And as far as your education system, it’s no better than it was in the 1970’s when the streets were packed thanks to the whole Busing issue. In fact, you guys were under liberal control then, and look what happened. You’ve hardly progressed. The African-American community hasn’t been helped at all by the leftists, neither have the lower class. It’s time the people took their seat back; it’s time for Scott Brown.

    Curt, keep bringing the heat.

  14. Brian permalink
    January 19, 2010 12:23 am


    It takes a lot of courage in Mass. to stand where you do. Keep it up.

    And, to the point of the story, how is it our government can vie for control of our health care decisions, can arrest a guy at an airport for stepping over a rope to kiss his girlfriend, but doesn’t put crooks like these in the big house?

    The selective administration of justice is troubling given our ongoing loss of individual freedoms. You can be arrested for trespassing at the airport by walking through the wrong door, but if you screw some hardworking union guys out of their futures and embezzle millions, you walk away.

  15. saltcod7 permalink
    January 24, 2010 7:08 pm

    Curt. what article did you read? The thief was fired and is facing jail time, thank God. It’s unfortunate she wasn’t caught sooner. Let’s hope the money can be recovered and given back to the hard working people in the union. The first place they should look for the money is in Republican politicians pockets, since they don’t support stronger and more effective government oversight to regulate big business and prevent this from happening. Madoff got away with it, the same way Ms. King got away with it. There was no responsible oversight! You know, the same rules and oversight that Republican leaders perenially fight against tooth and nail, and that you support with your hot air and empty rhetoric during their campaigns. I love what you did for us fans as a member of the Red Sox, but it makes me sick to my stomach seeing you standing there supporting Republican candidates. The minimum amount of oversight possible serves Republican politicians well…it allows the banks and investment fund companies to make a killing, and that “extra” profit that is stolen from hardworking americans revolve back to Republican politicians in the form of campaign support. Open your eyes Curt. Whose side are you on? It’s not on the side of people that work hard for their money, day in-day out. It’s the wrong side…

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