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I read with dismay the decision of Judge Salvador Vasquez to not imprison John Kmetz for his repetitive thefts from Hunky Hollow and Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Indiana.

Stealing from these vulnerable populations while in a position of trust (as treasurer) is unconscionable and represents a despicable act of immorality. And these nefarious acts were conducted continuously over a seven-year period.

For attorney Scott King to pull the "serious health issues" card is disingenuous. Mr. Kmetz did not, for example, let his health prevent him from purchasing tickets and attending the ABBA concert with the stolen funds.

What a disgrace. Our judges need to better address these acts of malfeasance, and stealing in this manner should result in imprisonment.

Sadly, anything less in the way of punishment for such patterns of continuous illegal activity is really just an additional crime.

Gregory Bales, Munster

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.