Charity Gets Screwed

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April 1, 2006

Over the years I've met a few apparently kind-hearted souls that seem to give to others more than they receive. I've always had my doubts about true altruism, mostly because the individuals who were givers often complained about people being ungrateful despite claiming they're generous without expecting anything in return. Generally, I think many do-gooders are only guilty of needing to be needed, which is hardly a sin. Nevertheless, sometimes more than self-glorification lurks below the charitable surface. No good deed goes unpunished even when a good deed goes bad.

In an AP story out of New York (03/28/06), 45-year-old Abraham Alexander of East Meadow, NY admitted he embezzled $237,162 US from the Cardiovascular Research Foundation from November 2, 2003 to April 20, 2005 using company credit cards and by writing himself, checks. What did he need the money for you may wonder. Was it to pay gambling debts or to buy drugs? Maybe he was being blackmailed.

Actually, he just enjoyed being punished by an Ohio-based dominatrix, Lady Sage of Columbus. She says on her website she charges $250 an hour for her services or $1,500 for eight hours and the client pays her expenses if she has to travel for a meet-and-beat session. You can well imagine how easily Mr. Alexander racked up over 200K in charges since he was a really bad boy in the end.

If Abe-boy enjoys punishment then he should be experiencing sheer ecstasy at this point. He pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny, which means he could be incarcerated for up to 15 years in prison. Meanwhile, his wife and the mother of his two offspring, is divorcing him. Finally, once he has served out his conviction he will most likely be deported back to India.

Stealing from a cardiovascular charity is apparently a crime not for the faint of heart but the 237K spent at Lady Sage's must surely have toughened up old Abe a bit.

Posted by Will Peters at April 1, 2006 4:59 AM

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