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Monkeys in Wonderland Hiding from Barre's Forensic Audit Criminal Investigation

Monkeys in Wonderland Hiding from Barre's Forensic Audit Criminal Investigation

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Published by Craig Shibley
The following is an editorial published in the Barre Gazette related to the recent indictment of the town's ex-collector.

The editorial focuses exclusively on a mere $300k missing - that Marcia Langelier allegedly stole.

The unknown author of this drivel conveniently ignores the depth of corruption which is known to exist as exposed by Melanson Heath & Co. and Powers & Sullivan.

Even Sun Tsu is quoted ... this has all the stench of a certain Barre Inc. hack ...
The following is an editorial published in the Barre Gazette related to the recent indictment of the town's ex-collector.

The editorial focuses exclusively on a mere $300k missing - that Marcia Langelier allegedly stole.

The unknown author of this drivel conveniently ignores the depth of corruption which is known to exist as exposed by Melanson Heath & Co. and Powers & Sullivan.

Even Sun Tsu is quoted ... this has all the stench of a certain Barre Inc. hack ...

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Published by: Craig Shibley on Nov 02, 2013
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Wheels of Justice. In Wonderland? There is but one Wheel in this Hole and its used to spin Barre Inc.’s Lies and Deception to create a desired Perception…
 
On October 31, 2013, the very day Wonderland’s ex
-collector was arraigned on the three felonious counts related to her allegedly stealing more than $300k in taxpayer money, the Barre Gazette would run an editorial entitled, Wheels of Justice turn slowy: Given the fact this weekly Turley Publications-owned paper has reported
very little
 related to the forensic audit and criminal investigation, the timing and tone of this editorial is intriguing. Last Thursday, a Worcester Grand Jury indicted a former Barre tax collector on charges of larceny over $250 by common scheme, fraud/embezzlement by a city,town,or county office and making false entries in corporate books. The alleged stealing of more than $300,000 in public funds took place between January 2005 and July 2011. The problem in the tax office became known throughout the town when the newly appointed
collector/treasurer sent out demand notices to “delinquent” taxpayers in the fall 2011. The sending of
the notices was the only way to determine who paid or not paid. Many had already paid their taxes even though the books said otherwise. Fortunately, many still had their receipts and were quickly able to prove payment. Others were not so lucky as they could either not find their receipts or had thrown them away. Some had paid in cash and without the receipt had no proof of payment and paid again.
 
Many questioned why the annual audits did not indicate a problem. The finance committee explained that cash paid and never recorded would not show up. Barre should a large amount of unpaid taxes, but most towns do not collect all taxes owed especially in tough financial times. Earlier, when the town
had a “cash flow” problem, it switched to quarterly tax bills as did many other towns.
 In December 2011, Barre selectmen contracted with an outside accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit. At the June 25, 2012 annual town meeting, the chair of the board of selectmen announced that the forensic audit had been turned over to the District Attorney and State Police. Last week, the District Attorney announced the indictment by a grand jury. The people of Barre have waited over two years for answers and will continue to wait for answers, some of which may never be answered. Taxpayers need to know where over $300,000 in tax revenue went.
A quote attributed to many including Sun Tzu and Longfellow say it all, “The Wheels of Justice turn
slowly but exceedingly fine
”. Yes, they do turn slowly, but hopefully that caution increases the chance
that the truth prevails and the innocent are not punished. ***
 
 

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i see flying monkeys ... hundreds of them ... it's time to click your heels Barre Inc.
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