Petunia woman admits embezzlement

A West Michigan woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $50,000 from the Petunia Parade, an annual effort in Ludington to plant thousands of petunias.
AP Wire
Apr 25, 2014

Former chairwoman Donna Brown of Pentwater said she was greedy. She told a judge Wednesday, "I wanted more and got more."

Brown is likely to face at least four months in jail when she returns to a Ludington court on June 10.

On May 17, hundreds of volunteers will plant 30,000 petunias in Ludington. They're usually in full bloom by July 4. Captains on each block are in charge of watering and weeding.

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Grand Haven Happy

Lets see? 4 months sentence at 40 hours per normal work week and there's 4.3 weeks in a month. That's 688 hours and she got $50,000 tax free!

What the heck??? That's $72.67/hr and that is only about 10 times the min wage per hour. Hello! No withholding for taxes or Social Security and doesn't have the put it on her April 15th W-2 forms either to the state or the IRS. Such a deal! What a fabulous DREAM job!!!

Just to be close to equal to those who actually work for their money at the entry level Michigan minimum wage of $7.40/hr for being a high paid Petunia Grower, the sentence really should be a mandated a minimum of 40 months and then still have to pay back the all embezzeled money plus all accrued interest at 8% until every single penny is repaid!

Gee whiz! She will and would also still be getting FREE rooming with all utilities all paid by the working dummies, FREE TV, clean sheets and clothes provided FREE, and so many other FREE benefits too numerous to list and of course, it also includes all meals FREE along with all FREE medical and dental care!

No wonder so many are breaking the laws as they know they can have an extended FREE vacation with all the dumb working suckers paying the bill in full while the smart crime do'ers are just relaxing and smiling!

Give me a break! Isn't it way beyond time to mandate and force jails and prisons to go back to punishing incarceration correctional institutions that they are supposed to be where no breathing human with a brain will ever want to vacation in???

Mick

Something stinks here, just like petunias!

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