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Re^5: Fleecing the USN

Bob Bridges

Louis L'Amour used to comment that crooks are generally optimists; they think they're smarter than everyone else, and don't believe they'll ever get caught.  So they risk a 20-year jail term for a sum of money they could have earned in six months.  Maybe even two months, for those who are almost as smart as they think they are.

On Sat Mar 18, Beached wrote
>Am always amazed at the number of people who do not seem to consider the consequences of their actions.  

>On Sat Mar 18, Max wrote
>>f too often I come across, and prosecute, embezzlement from casinos and I am frequently surprised by how small and simplistic the schemes are.

>>I wish to ask them "wasn't there some point, sometime, at least once..where the idea crossed your mind, ever so briefly, that taking whores and money from some pimp named Fat Leonard might not be the best idea you ever had?"

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