So, a person can get caught stealing $10,000 from group homes for the developmentally disabled, and the judge only makes her pay the money back and gives her a conditional discharge ["Guilty plea in $10,000 theft," News, April 1]?

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I thought this was an April Fool's joke. What type of deterrent or punishment is this? Crime may not pay, but it obviously breaks even in this judge's courtroom.

Bob Ocon, Wading River