Who is the thief?

A serial thief is accused of robbing an Oakwood bank of $1,610; he said in the note he had a gun, but didn’t show it:

This is not (Timothy) Stewart’s first bank robbery arrest. He pleaded guilty to robbing two Dayton-area banks in 1999 and was sentenced to 9½ years in prison. He was released in 2008 and was still on probation earlier this year when he was arrested for the RETS theft.

Oakwood police said Stewart faces minimum mandatory sentences of 30 years in prison if convicted of the new bank robbery charge.

via Alleged Oakwood bank robber indicted in federal court.

Yet, I have to wonder how many years in prison the “robo-signer” who worked for the banks is going to serve? Signing off on thousands of documents that took homes away from people, who often were already being charged premium interest rates for their homes, the “robo-signer” stole much more than a mere $1,610- and was well paid to do it.

Considering the scrutiny that the local board of elections uses to disqualify candidates from appearing on the ballots- it’s amazing that a person signing off on the foreclosure on a home isn’t held to a higher standard?

Apparently, not dotting your “i’s” and crossing your “t’s” is only an issue when you want to serve your country- not when your job destroys people’s lives. I’m not making an excuse for Mr. Stewart’s crimes- I’m just asking that banks be held to the same standard for crimes committed on both sides of the teller counter.

Our entire banking and monetary system is built on trust- just as our system of elections, when that trust is violated, the punishments should be equal for those in power and those without- for that’s the definition of justice.

[note- added later to comments- Angelo Mozilo, former CEO of Contrywide is fined millions for stealing billions, banned from financial markets- but- no jail time. Justice?]
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