Why did the Red Cross not investigate Deborah Leggio fully, before putting her in a position of trust ["Prison for stealing from Red Cross," News, Feb. 28]? She embezzled a quarter-million dollars from the Suffolk chapter of the American Red Cross while she was its financial director. She was convicted in Florida in 1990 for a similar offense and spent 13 months in prison.

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Just a plain computer search today will turn up crimes, or character faults such as a compulsive shopping habit. It was all out there to know. Yet she was given that position. Others in the Red Cross should be held accountable for this laxity.

Nancy Firneisz, Center Moriches