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Letter: Didn’t Brooklyn DA know ‘free’ meals were wrong?

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has agreed to

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has agreed to pay a $15,000 fine to settle claims he used office funding to pay for personal meals. Photo Credit: Bryan Smith

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson was fined $15,000 for what amounted to padding his expense account in 2014 and 2015 [“DA fined $15G for meals on public dime,” News, Aug. 25]. Surely, he must have felt a twinge there was something wrong with charging personal meals to the office.

Where I worked in the private sector, my boss told me, “You can never change your lifestyle for the good by cheating on your expense report, but you will for the bad.” The fastest way to get on the unemployment line was to pad your expenses. It was considered to be cheating the company and lying to your boss who had to approve the expense. Both led to mistrust of the offender — and termination.

Jim Grant, Massapequa

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