Friday, July 5, 2019
The stories of my family moving to Detroit is being interrupted. I have a humorous and sad tale to tell.
Quite by accident we found out some news about our little town. The former city clerk was the person available part-time to ask questions about city functions. She arranged meetings of the city council and mayor. She collected utility bills for electricity, water, and trash collection. She applied for grant money to make improvements on city properties.
The clerk also worked at the bank in the next town where we do our banking.
I thought there might be something strange when we were looking at a house across the corner from us that we were thinking of purchasing. The man we spoke to told us he was married to the city clerk.
The bank she worked at received notices of properties that would be foreclosed. She would tell her husbsnd and he would buy them as they went on the market. Then he would renovate them and resell them for a profit. That sounds similar to insider trading to me. Insider trading is illegal.
But that is not what this is about. It seems that she embezzled about $75,000 dollars from our tiny little town. Apparently she did not record all the monthly utility payments as being paid.
I jokingly said, "That is why that fire at the city hall happened!"
Guess what. In an apparent attempt to destroy records a fire was set. Investigation showed that the fire started on her desk near the computer.
Since I had been forced by the city to have some electrical work done outside my house I laughed when the fire happened. After all there was nothing wrong with my electricity but I faced severe fines by the city if I did not have it 'fixed'. It cost me $1800. It was Karma.
The city hall was closed for more than a year as they raised the money and made the repairs. It has re-opened and we have a new city clerk. I hope she is honest.
In the meantime the former mayor has moved away. We have a new mayor. We also have all new city council members.
How was your day?