Sure. It would be fine to compare them to other idiotic leaders making illegal use of their power. But for that we do not need to go on an entirely different level of evil.
That said, this is just a symptom of the whole situation. People on the one side are very emotionally moved by what has happened, while the other side is mostly annoyed by accusations. Such situations quickly escalate.
Therefore, if most people related to the situation are geniunely interested in solving the issue, then there should be a businesslike discussion between both sides. Without attacks. Without comparisons to next level criminals.
Both parties need to talk about the missing money, if there are questions about it.
I’m sure most people would agree with such an open discussion, without aggressiveness from either side.
In the worst case scenario someone, probably the person or party suffering the most from the loss of money, should hold the person responsible for this misappropriation, by e.g. taking them to court or maybe by excluding them from the organisation or by moving them to a different position. Whatever the consequence may be, it should not be tried to be achieved by forcing an aggressive behaviour on people who might not even be primarily responsible for this situation, in the first place.
That said, I cannot go into much detail about this situation anymore, as I’ve read only a single opinion on the topic from a single person. I would need to see the accounts of other people involved in this scenario, to be able to make a better assessment of the situation.
Additionally, I am a bit skeptical about the situation. All the “evidence” there is, are some random pictures and explanations about a conference. Is there any hard evidence the person was actually paid because of being a developer, when she in fact wasn’t?
The reason for my doubts is, that you make it seem like it’s absolutely and totally clear what has happened and that it is absolutely undeniable.
However, if that is really so undeniable and so totally and absolutely clear, what has been going on, them I am a 100% sure this guy would’ve already be kicked out everywhere for literally stealing money.
This whole “everything is so clear but nobody does anything about it” situation seems like it’s not as clear as it seems to some people involved in this situation.
Finally, it’s important to not forget that we are talking about $2000 from an organisation here. It’s wrong to steal and misuse that money. Whoever did that, should be punished, if the accusations are true. We all agree on that.
However, stealing $2000 from an organisation like that is not a capital crime or whatever. It’s not like this guy should spend 10 years behind bars for it. If he would lose in court because of this situation, he probably would need to pay back the $2000 dollars and maybe pay an additional fine of about $5000 to $10,000 dollars. At least, that’s what I would consider reasonable.
If the accusations are true, someone made a stupid mistake. Nothing new.
I would be more aware and alerted, if that same person would do that extensively all the time. Then yes, I would understand the whole thing more. But, as it seems now, this over-dramatisation is a bit much for what has supposedly happened.