Letter: Cardillo was victim, punishment is wrong

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To the editor:

Today, we live in a world that is not for the trusting type. The phone rings and the local number is a telemarketer or an IRS impersonator ready to haul you off to jail for not paying your taxes. You receive an email from someone pretending to be a friend, but instead it's a scammer with an embedded computer virus.

Today, you have to be careful about who you are communicating with and what the consequences would be if you were fooled or victimized. This is something that is not uncommon today and could happen to anyone.

This time, it has happened to the town of Stockbridge and an unsuspecting fire chief, Ernest "Chuckie" Cardillo. The fire chief, who also is one of the town's three selectmen, has been placed on partial administrative leave from his job after he was a victim of what has been described as a vendor scam.

The chief purchased material for the town's Fire Department, and later discovered that two vendors had targeted the Fire Department and its chief in what the town's attorney has called a buying scam. While details of these transactions are being reviewed, the chief has been removed from his position.

If this is something that could happen to any one of us, punishing Chief Cardillo in this fashion does not seem to be the right action in my opinion. The town of Stockbridge surely needs to have stricter guidelines on future purchases made by its department heads. They should also learn from this incident so this does not happen to anyone else. Chief Cardillo was a victim. Nothing more than that.

Ray Gardino,

South Lee

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