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Rechtzigel gets 24-month sentence for embezzlement

January 17, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — A former employee who pleaded guilty to embezzling money from Minnwest Bank over a period of more than 12 years was sentenced in federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice said....

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Jan-17-13 10:12 AM

Aaron Swartz - looking at 50 years for stealing scholarly documents.

Rechtzigel - 2 years for stealing $1m

Seems fair.

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Jan-17-13 10:36 AM

Rechtzigel gets 24-month sentence=a travesty of justice.....

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Jan-17-13 11:49 AM

10 years should be the minimum - no early release.

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Jan-17-13 11:56 AM

Swartz downloaded JSTOR academic research papers that he was entitled to download on a network he was authorized to use. He just did so at such a high rate that it caused disruption and alarm at both MIT and JSTOR. JSTOR didn't press charges and said that no harm was done, but rather that it was just inconsiderate. MIT refused to back down and involved both the FBI and Secret Service in an attempt to throw the book at this brilliant young man and make an example out of him...for doing nothing more than being inconsiderate. And yeah he was looking at 35-50 years in federal prison..for being inconsiderate. This woman STEALS $1.1M of real funds over the course of a TWELVE YEAR timeframe from what were likely borderline vulnerable adults and she gets 2 years. Nope, nothing wrong with our criminal justice system!

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Jan-17-13 12:06 PM

The legal system has a terrible double standard for white collar crime. If a kid held up a liquor store & ran off with $500 he'd get a harsher sentence than this. That $1,000,000 loss isn't a victim-less crime. That cost will get passed along to every bank customer insured by that bank.

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Jan-17-13 12:12 PM

Stealing a Koool Million clam's and she get's 24 month's,this is a(JOKE)as bad as the guy from Cottonwood stealing 700K+ in Grain money and he get's basically nothing ! it's Justice gone WILD ????

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Jan-17-13 12:19 PM

Politicians get a raise for doing the same thing all the time.

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Jan-17-13 12:33 PM

What she did was wrong, but she didn't kill anyone! 10 years people... those people did not lose any money. They get it back. And she plead guilty right... She admitted her crime, therefore gets a lighter sentence. If you fight it, yes you get something longer. Like it or not, it's the U.S. Justice system. She admitted her mistake and is paying for it. I don't think I would want to be in prison for 24 months!

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Jan-17-13 1:05 PM

Don't forget that paying over a milion bucks in restitution is a pretty hefty punishment too.

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Jan-17-13 1:11 PM

So Mitch, you also agree with the professor that murdered his wife gets out in 5 years because he pleaded guilty to manslaughter?

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Jan-17-13 1:40 PM

As I stated, it is the U.S. Justice System. Right or wrong. If you don't like it, run for an office and try to change it. Otherwise stop thinking everything going though your head is right, and everyone else is wrong. Use common sense. Obviously killing someone is a different crime. They use different point systems to sentence people for different crimes. She stole money, she did not murder someone. Every crime stands on its own. Other SIMILAR crimes can be referenced, but each crime is tried and sentenced with the facts that are collected. If you feel that strongly, write a letter to someone who can do something about it next time, rather than comment on a small towns news paper website.

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Jan-17-13 1:48 PM

So it sounds like murder is the only crime that deserves a lenghtly sentence? She committed this crime over 12 years.....that's a lot of time...I wonder how Barbie and Ken would feel if all the customers of the Brau Haus stiffed them after eating and drinking stealing is the lesser for thought...

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Jan-17-13 2:12 PM

She'll never pay back much of the money - most of it is long gone.

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Jan-17-13 8:10 PM

Al is right, she will never pay this money back. Was it Prodigalson who defended her? Oh, the poor woman. Spending everyone else's money to cover her shopping debts while not living the "high life". I wish she got 5 years and all Brauhaus profits went to the real victims...

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Jan-17-13 10:31 PM

All summer Barb lived in the new triple slide out camper her and Ken bought last Christmas to put on the lake lot they bought 5 yrs ago in cash. Does anyone realize that the Brau Haus was also bought with stolen money. Why does the bank of Redwood put the blame on Marshall when they do all the audit of the Marshall bank. Oh yeah, this is Redwoods second officer that has embezzled in the past 12 yrs. I am getting my money out!! Seems the main bank enjoys the sweet both have gotten by with very little sentences for being evil with a smile.

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Jan-18-13 12:05 AM

Lucan must be so proud...especially when you look at the Brau Haus website and see the boasting of how this convicted felon is from there....Minnwest will never see full restitution...the customers will pay for this....sad, sad, sad....

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Jan-18-13 10:23 AM

Wouldn't you think the sentence to pay back the money would have heavy-handed recourse? Wouldn't the court have some sense on if she can repay it?

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Jan-18-13 10:51 AM

56, How employable is a convicted felon that committed her crime 365 days a year for 12 years? Would you hire her? Where's the income going to come from? That million will never go back....but Barbie got what she thought she was entitled to...that's all that matters....I guess the justice here is that if you have grandchildren like I grandchildren will never see me in prison garb and my children will never have to cover for me or be embarrassed by me. But then I have my priorities, honor, country..things I covet are way at the bottom of my list.

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Jan-18-13 11:16 AM

Her employment possibilities are her problem. She committed the crime. She'll have to pay some how. If she doesn't she'll be in default of the judgement and can be thrown back in jail. The restitution is owed to the bank so it would be up to them on pursuing that course of action.

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Jan-18-13 12:36 PM

Patriot - good you have your house in order. I'm surprised at how willing you are to judge & comment on others?

Thanks Monkey - that's what I mean. Paying back is not an option - it's a requirement. I would assume the court has knowledge of her finances enought to understand that she should be mostly capable of paying back. If I have the connections correct - they have a bar/restaurant, a farm and possible other areas, mostly of self-employment, where they can earn/pay money from. I'd assume this restituion would be like child support - pay or you face probation/jail and if you fully default, all of your assets are confiscated.

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Jan-18-13 12:51 PM

56to58 really is negligent as these assets were purchased with alot of the money of innocent bank customers!! Amazing how little time she got for ROBBERY!!!! Husband didn't know where got money to buy Brau? That is funny.

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Jan-18-13 1:15 PM

56to58 - I don't know what was or wasn't purchased with the money - but again, wouldn't the court take that into account? I would hope they would.

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Jan-18-13 1:46 PM

56- It may be because I've spent over 30 years in the banking industry that gives me the opinions I share. This case infuriates me. If this crook would've had a jury of her peers judging her and handing down a sentence...she'd have gotten a more realistic sentence. Unless they are going to sell all their assets and liquidate...don't see how it's humanly possible. You figure if she has 20 more working years left....she'd have to fork over $50,000 a year for the next 20 years....good luck with that...pipe dream...

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Jan-18-13 2:31 PM

Sounds like a lot of ASSUMING on here. Maybe you should just let the people that it directly affected worry about it and then you all can get on with your daily lives! And if you're going to connect a town to a person like that, you're just being plain disrespectful. GROW UP. The town didn't do anything and doesn't control a website.

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Jan-18-13 3:01 PM

Julie- yes, she stole the money from customers but the bank paid them back in full so as it stands, they didn't lose anything. The bank is out over $1 million which is why the restitution is owed. As Patriot brought up, in order to pay they may have to liquidate the assets that were bought with the stolen money. The ill-gotten assets would be lost, as they should be, or she'll go back to jail for non-payment.

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