Fraud is theft, pure and simple

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Highroadwell Lane


A man stole £20,000 and, according to your report (“Book keeper in £20K fraud is a free man”, February 9), apart from a suspended sentence (which only kicks in if he is caught again) his only punishment is 300 hours of unpaid work.

This isn’t unpaid work, it equates to being paid around £66 per hour if he doesn’t have to return the money he has stolen.

I hope the Prosecution Service appeal against this extremely lenient punishment, otherwise what is the point of trying to live lawfully?

R Barlow