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Letters: Fine for LIRR fraudster baffles

The Long Island Rail Road temporarily suspended four

The Long Island Rail Road temporarily suspended four branches Tuesday afternoon. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Regarding the penalty levied against the latest Long Island Rail Road disability fraudster, it seems that U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan missed some math classes during her early education ["No jail for LIRR fraud," News, May 21]!

Repaying $294,717 at the rate of $25 a month would take more than 980 years! Who says cheating doesn't pay?

Joe Fasano, Massapequa Park

And, in our "crime doesn't pay" file . . . we have this item: Disability fraudster Christopher Parlante must repay $294,717 that he swindled from the LIRR, at a rate of $25 per month.

The moral of the story? All of you who might be contemplating fraud, be warned! You too might be socked with a no-interest loan of roughly $300,000, and have about 1,000 years to pay it back. So watch out.


Peter Larkin, Bayside

This cannot be real. If Christopher Parlante, 61, lives to be 100, he would only repay $11,700 -- not even close to what he owes.

I wept uncontrollably when his lawyer described in detail the financial hardship this poor man was going through.

There must be a joke in this story. Unfortunately I fail to see one. But wait, I see it now! The joke is on us, the law-abiding citizens.

Paul Fallai, Wading River