COLONEL WHO STOLE $2 MILLION GETS "SLAP
ON WRIST" - JUST THREE YEARS IN STATE PRISON
FOR RETIRED 0-6 JAMES BURNES OF ARIZONA
NATIONAL GUARD - PLEADED GUILTY HE TOOK
FUNDS EARMARKED FOR EMERGENCY HELP FOR
SOLDIERS AND FAMILIES - DIRTBAG GETS TO KEEP
PENSION - SAYS HE LOOTED BUCKS TO PAY FOR
BIG-TIME GAMBLING HABIT IN LAS VEGAS
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He should have had the book thrown at him, but instead, a retired colonel gets a slap-on-the-wrist. What else is new? The soft three year sentence James Burnes received from an Arizona state court is an insult to justice.
The crooked colonel plead guilty to stealing $2 million dollars. But get this - it was from a fund Burnes oversaw that was supposed to provide a "safety net" for Arizona National Guard soldiers and their families.
Attorney General Tom Horne said the money was earmarked for GI's and dependents who had trouble making the house payments, paying for food and utilities, meeting travel expenses and personal needs, etc.
Burnes didn't give a damn about that. In his civilian job with the Guard as director of the Dept. of Emergency and Military Affairs, he was in a perfect position to steal to his hearts content, and he did - from 2007 to 2011 - when an audit finally tripped him up.
STILL WILL GET PENSION WHILE IN SLAMMER
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Susan Benovich sentenced the 66 year-old full bird to three years at the state prison in Florence and seven years probation after that.
But here's the kicker, folks. Burnes, because the crime did not violate national security and falls under the Hiss Act, will still receive his fat retirement pension.
The judge stipulated the retired officer has to make $2000 restitution out of that money each month, but even that penalty isn't enough punishment, we think, for a man who used his position of trust to cheat those who needed help the most.
Burnes is such a loser, he pissed away the two million bucks at the gambling tables in Las Vegas. He deserves much more jail time to think about what he did.