"A former bookkeeper with Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh was arrested over the weekend and charged with embezzling $348,975 from the popular independent bookstore" according to this story in the The News & Observer.
One co-worker stated, "We're shocked. We felt a professional closeness with her. We thought a lot of her."
Well, yuh-HUH. Isn't that always the way? Everyone "thought a lot of" the person who ripped off close to $4,000,000 from a certain hospital, too.
It just amazes me how, when things happen--whether you're talking about a run-of-the-mill office crook or a secret sex offender (not that I'm comparing the two, of course)--nobody ever says "Oh, yeah, I knew that SOB was up to no good," or "What a creep! I'm not at all surprised."
Do you think it's true that people don't suspect--that these crimimals are really that good at what they do? Or are their coworkers/friends/family/whatever A. embarrassed that they missed the signs, or B. don't want to admit that they knew something was "off"?