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Old 02-23-2010, 06:31 AM   #1
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Have a Nice Day: Smilie Faces Time Behind Bars
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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Former AMA Board Chairman Dal Smilie sentenced
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Former American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Board Chairman Dal Smilie was sentenced Monday, Feb. 22, to eight months in prison and two years probation for embezzling more than $100,000 through fraudulent travel reimbursement claims submitted to the AMA over a period of years ending in 2007.

Smilie pleaded guilty to felony counts of grand theft by deception and of receiving stolen property in the Fairfield County, Ohio, courtroom of Judge Chris Martin. He was taken directly into custody to begin serving a sentence that could see him request early release after 30 days.

Speaking to Judge Martin before his sentencing, Smilie expressed remorse for his actions.

"I've got much to apologize for, and many people to apologize to, including AMA members, AMA staff, my fellow board members and volunteers," he said. "I've let them down."

Smilie acknowledged that his fraudulent travel-reimbursement claims stemmed from his time as an AMA board member. "I overstated travel claims," he said. "I co-mingled funds. That's misappropriation. That's theft. That's a breach of trust, and I'm sorry for that. I was an honorable person, and I kind of slid into this. I don't have good excuses."

Fairfield County Assistant Prosecutor Gregg Marx said after the hearing that the sentence was appropriate, especially in light of the fact that Smilie paid restitution to the AMA for the money in question. "We're very pleased with the resolution of this case."

AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman echoed those sentiments. "On behalf of the members of the American Motorcyclist Association, we are satisfied that justice has been served, and we are glad to put this matter behind us," he said.
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:52 AM   #2
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Despite countless felons getting caught for embezzelment, it will continue to happen. Why? Why does everyone think they are different and won't get caught? And why does everyone think they can handle a liter bike as their first road bike?
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:16 AM   #3
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:27 AM   #4
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Criminals are all the same, they think they are clever or that everyone else is stupid, that's why so many get caught. Far as I'm concerned embezzlement and other so called white collar crimes are no different than sticking a gun in someones face and taking their money and they should be treated the same way. None of this minimum security Club Fed crap, toss them in with the GP and let them see the other side of the coin.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:00 AM   #5
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During my career I've known more than one person who risked their big salaries and professional reputations over a few bucks on an expense report. Then again, white-collar crime goes unpunished with rare exceptions.

I was an AMA member until this came up. I dropped my AMA membership this year because I believe that this corruption is likely a reflection of the organization as a whole. Who audits the AMA? How effective are they with the money they get? Why did it take years for this malfeasance to come to light?
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:03 PM   #6
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Dingman was brought in to get rid of stuff like this in the AMA.

He's got a long road to go to restore any trust in the organization.

If you care, here are links to a 3 part interview:

AMA President Rob Dingman Interview Part One: Answering The Question, How Much Money Did The AMA Get From DMG For AMA Pro Racing? News Article // RoadracingWorld.com

AMA President Rob Dingman Interview Part Two: Answering The Question, Why Did The AMA Screw Over AHRMA? News Article // RoadracingWorld.com

AMA President Rob Dingman Interview Part Three: Answering The Question, Where Does The AMA Go From Here? News Article // RoadracingWorld.com

The first two segments address specific, racing related questions, and the third is more broad. All are interesting reading.

Is it all true? I cannot say.
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