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Published: Saturday, March 5 2011 10:00 p.m. MST

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Clearfield, UT

Good article. Good people make mistakes. To many people live beyond their means and get caught up in immoral lifestyles. I have worked with criminals. Taking responsibility for your actions is a huge first step. To many people in America are playing the blame game. They want to blame others for their poor choices in life. Even if not criminal choices have consequences.

Saint George, UT

I have sent this article to nearly everyone on my e-mail mailing list including my children, grandchildren, friends and professional associates. It is a powerful message. I felt the pain of the parents, sobbing at the prison intake of their daughter. Hopefully, the message being shared will diminish the potential pain of others.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Thanks, D News, for this wonderfully enlightening article. And thanks to Dian Cattani for having the courage to tell others her "cautionary tale." IMO, this is journalism at its best!

Santa Monica, CA

Really well written and insightful. The description of her parents holding her child as she entered prison was heart breaking. I know that young people are often asked to consider rationalizing and how easy it is to get into bad habits that tend to grow into destructive habits over time, but as a teacher-I think that this kind of testimonial would hit home. Anyway--thank you for an enlightening read.

Orem, UT

Great article. Too many unethical, immoral, and criminal actions are perpetrated by individuals who rationalize and try to justify their actions. They see gray areas. They justify their own bad behavior by pointing out the bad behavior of others. They feel entitled to the fruits of others' labor.

We can find examples of this throughout our society. Unfortunately, when just a few people do it a whole class of people get branded as unethical.

Ken Lay, Bernie Madoff, Bernie Ebbers, and other corporate big shots have ruined the lives of thousands of people through their greed and corruption. They give Wall Street and Corporations in general a bad name.

I could start listing politicians (but the list would be too long) from both parties who have done unethical things for personal power and money.

And then there are those who try to use the government to legally "redistribute wealth" through the tax code for their own personal gain.

Provo, UT

Good article -- Thank you to all for getting it in the paper.

She still retained her conscience. Thats what sociopath's don't have -- they become and remain habitual liars and self-justifiers.

Payson, UT


Thank you for such a wonderful article. It inspired me so much that I couldn't put down the paper. I wish this lady nothing but the best in her life as she tries to fix it.

She wasn't caught. She initiated what would be a very tough time for her and her family rather than trying to hide it. She has made it right. I have nothing but respect for her and those who have stood with her. I just hope that those who walked away learn to be more loving and forgiving. They are the greater disappointment for me.

Wasatch/Heber, UT

One of my friends on the BYU football team dated Diann back in the day and I meet her several times. I would have never guessed she would have the problems she did. I hope she is back on the right track. Very cool of her to share her story.

Broken Arrow
Draper, UT

Fantastic article Sara. This is what good reporting looks like.

Ephraim, UT

In my career as an attorney, I have seen this story played multiple times, by good people who slid ever so gently from good to criminal. One's misdeeds were discovered after he was found in a hotel room with a bullet through his head and his hand on the gun; he had stolen and squandered client trust funds. I represented one of the clients trying to clean up the financial repurcussions. One was one of the most prominent attorneys in the city. One was an attorney I knew, a great guy, a boyhood friend of my wife. One was a financial planner. A couple (but none of these listed above) seemed to be crooks from the beginning and crooks to the end. What is scary is that all those good people ended up in the same place as those who were crooks from the beginning--in prison or dead, with millions of dollars of hurt to innocent people they betrayed.

Murray, Utah

What a great article. I made the same mistake as Diann. It is so easy to lose focus on what is important in life. Greed and entitlement are the down fall of many people including myself. People need to be on guard all the time it is so easy to fall into this trap. I have hurt my family, church and freinds, who I realize now are the most important things in my life. Good luck Diann, keep spreading the warning.

Buckeye, AZ

"There's no right way to do wrong"

I love this last line of the article. Thank you for printing this story. Thank you Diann for having the courage to share.

Aggie Fan
South Jordan, UT

What an amazing story, and from the sounds of it a success story. Great job for facing your Boss and owning up to your mistake. Such a strong person. How many of you would be able to own up to something this big and coming completely clean? That takes a real Woman! Keep spreading the word!

Two Cents
Springville, Utah

A great read. I'm impressed that Diann turned herself in and is taking every step to try to fix what she had done (including making payments to the company). You don't often hear that.

Thanks for the reminder too, that we have to be careful not to justify and rationalize that we somehow "deserve more." Especially when companies are not giving raises, reducing benefits, charging more for insurance, etc. Beware the grey area!

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington DC, MD

Many Politicans from both major parties are doing what she did at a much larger scale. But their secret pact that they made with each other makes them immune to the consequences.

Parry is a Farce
Layton, UT

This is awesome!! Is she speaking locally sometime soon??

Beaverton, OR

We may forgive the wrong, but people forget that there are consequences also connected to the wrongs that are made. Diann is living proof that recompense is extremely hard, but in the end, worthwhile.

Madoff should take a lesson from Diann, and realize it wasn't the banks that contributed to his ponzi scheme, but he didn't face reality and check himself for his own morals or guilt. Whatever pricked Diann's heart to turn a wrong around, that is what will get her to have a bit of peace in her life.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Greed has overtaken even the poorer people in this nation. They're no longer happy with having a roof over their head and food. Now it's an entitlement mentality, that they are owed cable television, money for cigarettes and beer etc.

Greed is an issue for every class of Americans. To exclude any one group would be wrong.

Look at our political leaders and their greed! They no longer are happy with providing water, roads, sewers, education. Now they're entitled to trips across the world to look at cable cars, they feel they have to spend and borrow beyond the means of the taxpayers.

The president feels he can buy everything for everyone. However, we can't afford it. That is some serious greed this president has. It's not generosity or robin hood. He is greedy and doesn't care that he will destroy everyone he is supposably saving.

Layton, UT

Excellent article about a person who decided that character and integrity is worth far more than personal greed. I sincerely hope the majority of our state politicians read this article and take action on themselves.Kudos to Ms. Cattani for having the guts to stand up and be counted,to try and make amends as much as possible. Shows the "real" person. It's about time DesNews started having quality well-written pieces.

Draper, UT

The whole Mormons don't do these kind of things is quite bothersome. I Mormon friend of mine is in prison for stealing well over a mil. There are plenty of other examples as well.

All groups have members who do bad things. To claim one group does not have any members who do bad things is silly. Utah county after all is the fraud capital of the country.

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