While there are those who would disagree with me – I feel that there is no amount worth the pain of prison. Having been there myself, I speak from experience.
But the Department of Justice released today that the former president and owner of ATE Tel Solutions, Rafael G. Adame, will spend three years in prison following his conviction for his involvement in a scheme to defraud the federal E-Rate program. The E-Rate program subsidizes the provision of Internet access and telecommunications services, as well as internal computer and communications networks, to economically disadvantaged schools and libraries.
The news release is attached: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2007/November/07_at_936.html
According to the news release, ” Adame was convicted of submitting fraudulent invoices for payment to the Schools and Libraries Division of USAC from December 2001 to May 2003. As a result of the scheme to defraud the E-Rate program, Adame fraudulently obtained $106,514 in payments from USAC.”
$106,000+ in theft = three years in federal prison? I don’t get it. But then again, I did something equally as dumb and paid the price. Adame will now come to know the lesson: Every Choice Has A Consequence.
As a business ethics speaker and Senior Sales Executive in a public company, I speak to groups nationwide about choices and consequences. In fact, my most recent presentation is entitled – The Truth About Consequences! While every choice has a consequence – the fact is we can determine whether the consequence is either negative or positive.
Your thoughts about this truth?
Business Ethics Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – Signing off…