My first blog article back in January, How many sociopaths are in your town?, was about the fact that sociopaths can be found in any community. Experts estimate that 1% of the people in North America are sociopaths. This personality disorder is not defined by demographics. Sociopaths are male and female, rich and poor, any nationality, race or religion.
In that post I talked about the Lovefraud Risk Calculator, which estimates how many sociopaths are in a given community. (Click on the Risk Calculator link on Lovefraud.com.) I gave examples of a few cities—New York, Phoenix, and tiny Skippack, Pennsylvania. I was a bit nervous about including Skippack, population 706. I’ve driven through this cute country town many times—could there really be seven sociopaths living there?
It’s impossible to know for sure, but the behavior of some people a few miles down the road in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, is certainly shocking.
Board members steal $2.2 million
In March, 2006, three members of the Plymouth Community Ambulance Association were charged with stealing $2.2 million from the nonprofit ambulance service between 2001 and 2005.
According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Harvey Grossman, Jeff Cohen and George Gilliano were unpaid volunteers on the association’s board of directors. District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. said the men used the association’s funds as “their personal ATM machine.” Grossman is accused of stealing $1.3 million; Gilliano, $558,000; and Cohen, $337,751.
A fourth official, Ruthe Ann Volinskie, was charged last week, according to the Inquirer. She is accused of taking $109,672.
What did they allegedly spend the money on? Restaurants; imported cigars; alcohol; travel to Florida, Ohio, Las Vegas and Puerto Rico; clothing; home repairs; appliances; lingerie; jewelry; groceries; furniture; eBay; flowers; health insurance; payments on a Ford Explorer, Range Rover, and BMW; and more than $19,000 on a bat mitzvah party for Grossman’s daughter.
Are these people sociopaths? I don’t know. But as District Attorney Castor said, “The amount of avarice and arrogance is astounding.”
People with defective consciences can be anywhere. Even in Blue Bell.