The management at NIU (Northern Illinois University) have another headache. It seems that 9 of their employees have been selling NIU-owned scrap metal, and pocketing the money in a “coffee fund.” How euphemistic.
Felony charges were filed and arrest warrants were issued Tuesday for nine people authorities say were involved in recycling university owned scrap metal and other materials, then depositing the proceeds into an off-the-books account known as the coffee fund.
Those charged are Robert Albanese, Joseph Alberti, Mark Beaird, Keenon Darlinger, Michael Hall, Keith Jackson, Lawrence Murray, Kenneth Pugh and Susan Zahm. Albanese, the former associate vice president of finance and facilities, resigned in July.
This illustrates why Illinois is bankrupt. It isn’t the small coffee fund for greedy employees. It’s that their “future” is uncertain. If it was CERTAIN that they would lose their jobs, their pensions, and end up with a few months in jail, the vast armies of government employees in Illinois would think twice about the legal and illegal shenanigans they engage in.
These people need to lose their jobs and their pensions. Nail people for the small stuff, and the big stuff will work its way out of the system.