Punishments are a farce

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Regarding your article on employee embezzling (March 24) and related article on Debbie Wyman, in the five cases you featured on embezzling they all got a slap on the wrist. The worst punishment was one year in prison and a $5,000 fine for the Greenwood town manager. Hanover town clerk steals $29,192 and gets only probation and a $1,500 fine. Norlands Center bookkeeper steals $30,000 and only has to repay an extra $3,853 and gets a nine-month sentence. Tri-Town ambulance, $81, 900 embezzled. No fine or jail time. SAD 43, $86,000 stolen from the district. Ordered to repay an extra $6,841.89. No jail time. Moontide Water Festival, $5,000 to $6,000 stolen. Repay an extra $244 and five days in jail.

Until they make embezzlement punishable with a mandatory jail sentence and a large fine, it will keep happening.

In the related article by Kathryn Skelton, paragraph two, “It’s impossible to know how often employees dip into the public till.” Make it a serious crime, not a white-collar, slap-your-wrist, it’s-only-public-money farce that it is now.

Douglas Howard, Sabattus

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