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Letter: LIRR punishment's too light

The Port Jefferson branch of the Long Island

The Port Jefferson branch of the Long Island Rail Road. Credit: Chris Ware

When I read about individuals who have cooperated with the Long Island Rail Road disability investigation and are being given special treatment by a judge, it makes me wonder if justice is being served ["Retiree gets no jail for LIRR disability fraud," News, March 26].

Most of these individuals are either being given community service or house arrest in lieu of jail time. Former conductor James Maher was "punished" by having to forfeit 15 percent of his annual pension and repay what he unlawfully collected by being deceitful.

The judge allowed him to repay a small monthly amount, $400. Most of these retirees won't outlive these monthly payments, leaving the federal Railroad Retirement Board short on what it's owed.

If turning witness and apologizing for your actions warrants these sweet deals, I don't feel that the punishment fits the crimes.

John R. Volpe, East Meadow