David Applegate

My name is David Applegate. I am 59 and am a native Californian currently residing in Palm Springs with my husband and partner of 34 years. I served 34 months at the federal prison camps at Taft, CA and Sheridan, OR and was released on November 28, 2017. I am now on supervised release. I had a very successful career in sales and marketing in several medical device categories. While running a business unit at a growing mid-sized public company, I – along with several others – succumbed to the pressure of meeting Wall Street expectations and engaged in channel stuffing. It seemed to be manageable and fairly innocuous in the beginning but it was a slippery slope that resulted in a large restatement of revenue and earnings. I acknowledge my role in the conspiracy and I take full responsibility for my actions and the harm they caused others. Although difficult, going to prison was the best possible thing that could have happened to me. I have changed my priorities, identified my irrational thinking errors and developed tools to recognize them when they occur. I hope what I have learned – and will learn – will be helpful to others.

The last blog post

Hi everyone! One last update before I sign off.  I could not be happier with how everything is going in my life.  Mr. Ken and I are closer than we have ever been.  We will be celebrating our 35th anniversary this fall with a trip to northern Michigan with our dear...

Re-Entry Issues? Not Yet!

"Reentry" really could not be going any better!  I am enjoying every aspect of daily life and am so incredibly grateful to be free and to be able to enjoy all the little things I missed while I was away.  I know it’s a bit of a cliché but I kind of feel like Dorothy...

There’s No Place Like Home!

I'm home! I'm home! I'm home!!! I know many of those who receive my blog posts know that I was released on November 28 but I think it bears repeating, don't you? The last several days have been a whirlwind. You may recall that my sentence was due to end on May 21,...

Greetings From Oklahoma City!

Greetings from Oklahoma City! September 16, 2017 It has been a little over a month since I testified in Austin and I have only made it back to Oklahoma! I am writing this from the Bureau of Prisons transfer center at the Oklahoma City airport. This is the first BOP...

Next Phase Of The Journey

Next phase of the journey August 15, 2017 I think I'm done. I hope I am; with testifying, with ArthroCare, with reliving the past. I also thought I was done last time, in 2014. But I wasn't. So instead of relieved, I am mostly ambivalent. I wasn't scheduled to testify...

Accepting What Is From Federal Prison

Accepting what is. August 1, 2017 Probably the most significant development since I last wrote is that, after 10 days I finally gave up trying to move cells and just accepted that my entire stay here will be in the “psycho ward”. A few days ago, I was walking back...

I’m Certified!

I'm Certified! August 25, 2016 No, not certifiable (as in crazy, although sometimes I wonder.....). I'm a "Certified Communicator" with Toastmasters! I completed my 10th speech recently - 10 speeches in 3 months! Whew! My last speech was on how I do not let the word...

A “Holy” Visit

A "Holy" Visit August 11, 2016 In a previous post, I wrote about "Ken's World"; that quirky, eclectic place where anything can happen. My husband Ken, of course, is the King of Ken's World and I got to experience the latest episode on a recent visit by him! He came to...

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