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Monica J. Stich, Fargo, Published May 25 2013

Letter: If he’s guilty of fraud, then toss him in jail

Joshua Gatlin ought to be thrown in jail. He is one of the ex-Bison football players who pleaded guilty to petition fraud last fall. He, among others, was ordered to serve 50 hours of community service as part of his probation (Fargo Forum online May 21).

Being a man lacking integrity, he thought it would be acceptable to cheat the judicial system. He had been given six months to complete his court-ordered community service. How did he show his appreciation for this light sentence? He punched in on his time card at his community employer and then promptly left the premises – only to return later in order to punch out. Community service served. The thing is, he did not try this just once. No, he did this shameful ruse multiple times.

Ironic how he was given a light sentence on the fraud charge and then proceeded to commit fraud while serving his sentence. If that isn’t contempt of court, I don’t know what is. He blatantly thumbed his nose at the judicial system.

I would not have been so easy on him. I would have thrown him in jail. Let him try to fake that.