Letter: Slowly but surely, the system works

In the June 28, 2012 issue of the Rappahannock News, a front page news article by Alex Sharp VIII discussed at length the embezzlement of my late husband’s and my coin collection valued at $65,238. This case has finally been resolved, and full restitution was realized on Jan. 13.

Art Goff, the commonwealth’s attorney, persisted — and rightly so — in his theory that if you lock someone up and give that person a key to get out (i.e., pay the restitution), then victims get paid. Whereas, if you issue idle threats, nothing gets achieved.

I am grateful to the commonwealth’s attorney, to Michael Brown, attorney-at-law, and to the law enforcement officers who were involved in this case. It may take a lot of time, but the system does work. It certainly did for me.

Virginia E. Raney
Formerly of Amissville

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