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Monday, January 26, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Rename the Archie Brooks Community Center

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Former Des Moines City Council member Archie Brooks was sentenced to
one year plus one day in prison, plus a $400,000 fine and two years of
probation, for his role in misusing about $2 million funds at the
Central Iowa Employment Training Consortium (CIETC). Brooks was the
board chairman of CIETC at the time. Depending on how you look at it,
Brooks' sentence seems long or short. It's long when you consider that
billions of taxpayer dollars spent in Iraq can't be accounted for, yet
there is not even a serious investigation (let alone prosecution) of
those who may be responsible. On the other hand, Brooks is getting
off lightly compared to Ramona Cunningham, who did not cooperate with
prosecutors and got 7 years in prison for her role in the CIETC
crimes. Also, the former CIETC treasurer was sentenced to two years in
prison followed by three years of house arrest.

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