The case described in "Pay-theft charges: Correction officer allegedly paid without working" [News, April 27] stinks in so many ways.

First, if an employee was collecting wages for hours he wasn't working for 21/2 years, county officials should have stopped it after a few months. They should have told the officer and a supervisor to cut it out. Just think of the thousands of dollars that could have been saved.

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Second, based on the charges, there must have been several people involved. Co-workers would have had to know. A supervisor would have had to know. If the charges are proved, all of these people should be fired, lose their pensions and be prosecuted for stealing taxpayers' money.

Randy Perlmutter, Oceanside