SoCS — The Ponzi Scheme

C582E9AE-AD58-4CDB-AA22-224B12FD1339For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has directed us to “find a word that uses ‘co’ as a prefix and use it in your post.”

When I read this prompt, I was reminded of a brother and sister I used to know back in the day. They were very close. One might even say that they were overly close. They seemed to be totally codependent. You never saw one without the other.

After they graduated from college, they became coworkers at the same financial planning firm. They even bought a co-op together in Manhattan in which they cohabitated.

They became very successful at their jobs, but the two of them fell in with a few unscrupulous coworkers at their firm and participated in a Ponzi scheme in which they bilked their clients out of millions of dollars.

Once the scheme was uncovered, the brother and sister went before the grand jury and were indicted as co-conspirators in the fraudulent scheme. As co-defendants in the criminal case that was brought against them, they met with their co-counsels and agreed to cooperate with the authorities. Claiming to have been co-opted by a few bad apples at the firm, they testified against their coworkers. As a result, they were granted the ability to co-exist at the co-op they bought, rather than face prison time.

That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

JusJoJan — So Help Me God

82cab2ad-b8f2-4519-bb50-c409fe129a8dToday’s word for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt is “testify” and it was suggested by Dan Antion over at No Facilities.

What I will never be able to understand is how anyone who is summoned to testify before Congress or who is subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury and who is under oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help him (or her) God can lie.