You may remember the names of Carolyn Y. Smith and Dante Dayacap: They’re the public officials-turned-felons who were convicted last year of embezzling more than $435,000 from the government agency whose job is to revitalize southeastern San Diego.
They didn’t get any jail time, but a judge did order them to pay back the money they stole — at $100 a month each. That’s $1,200 a year.
Let’s put it this way: It will take a looong time for them to ever pay it all back. Until 2193, to be precise. What’s the point?
Our reporter Will Carless talked to the judge, who says the sentence is both fair and tough: “They’ve lost their jobs, and their prospects for future jobs and they have to pay this amount of restitution. If that’s not a deterrent, I don’t know what is.”