Hanretty released from prison, appeals court order for $2.7M in restitution
Original post made on Dec 11, 2013
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on Dec 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm
Mr Hanretty has a long history of stealing monies from non profit organizations and his most recent positions in school districts. Those aware of his prior actions were vindicated that he was finally caught. He should NEVER be trusted around money as he certainly knows how to "play the part." It is unfortunate he was released after serving one year; given the light sentence he received.
on Dec 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm
My reading of these articles found:
1. Mr. Hanretty apparently had $101,000 of home-related solar work reimbursed by the school district. This is stealing, and he definitely needs to pay it back.
2. Mr. Hanretty spent $2.6M of school district loan money on school district projects he presumably thought were important but were not authorized. It's hard for me to call this theft, since he didn't steal the money for himself. Certainly a misguided public servant who thought the ends justified the means, and who thought he knew better. I would agree this is misappropriation of public funds.
Should he have to pay the entire $2.6M back? That's a bit fuzzy. If it was spent on things the school absolutely didn't need, and currently has no use of or benefit from, then there is a very persuasive argument that he should. But what if the school is benefiting from at least some of this? I'm not sure repayment of the entire amount is fair in this case. What would make sense to me is getting an independent auditor or citizen group to figure that issue out to see if there can be some middle ground.