Thursday, June 28, 2012

When Librarians Go Bad

It's when they bilk lots of money from the library they work at.

From a story in the New York Times...

Margo Reed’s story is not one of those tales. 

Still, there was a perverse reminder that a little can go a long way when she was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty in February to making off with $163,582 in library fines collected by the three public library branches in Yonkers over a seven-year period. 

Ms. Reed, 54, was sentenced to shock probation — six months in the Westchester County Jail and the rest of the next five years on probation — by Richard A. Molea, acting justice of the State Supreme Court, after she pleaded guilty to felony charges of grand larceny and filing false tax returns. She will also have to make restitution for the amount of the theft. Prosecutors had sought a state prison sentence, which would have meant at least a year in prison. 

Her lawyer, Lawrence Sykes, said that she had no prior record of arrests or convictions, but had a gambling addiction — including gambling in Atlantic City and playing the lottery — that helped lead to her crime.

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