Crime Waves: Sandhogs, Ponies, Jurors

Melissa King, a money manager for the Sandhogs union, embezzled more that $40 million to finance a life of lies

Melissa King, a money manager for the Sandhogs union, embezzled more that $40 million to finance a life of lies for her horse-loving daughter.

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The Times focuses on the embezzling aspect (“These charges bespeak a massive alleged betrayal of trust”), while the Daily News looks at ramifications for the horse people:

News of King’s thievery stunned many in the equestrian world.

“The daughter had the skills, and the family had the money to support her, which is a hard combo to find these days,” a horse trainer said. “The mother played the part well. The equipment, clothing, horses, training.

“No one suspected that it wasn’t her money.”

King also spent “$700,000 on diamonds and $300,000 on Neiman Marcus shopping trips,” according to prosecutors.

“Sandhogs,” you may be interested to learn, are the workers charged with digging “tunnels for trains and water,” and their union has been “has been the subject of a series on the History Channel and a popular novel” according to The Times.

Elsewhere in massive alleged betrayals of trust, former State Senate leader Joseph Bruno’s corruption trial is nearing its close, sort of. Jurors say they have reached verdicts in two of the eight counts against him. However, some confusion lingers:

During morning deliberations on Tuesday, the jury delivered two notes to Judge Sharpe. One asked, “May we have some further clarification about ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ versus ‘beyond a shadow of a doubt?’ ”

And finally, reflections on Junior Gotti’s mistrial:

– “Steeped in Oedipal drama,” it was “a proceeding for the Oprah Winfrey era,” according to The Times.

– The Daily News finds that nobody likes a tattletale, including jurors.

– Gotti tells the Post he would like to invite jurors to celebrate Christmas with him, as they are “the most courageous people [he has] ever seen.”

Crime Waves: Sandhogs, Ponies, Jurors