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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-17-2019

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14 LETTERS / PAWTUCKET APRIL 17-23, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Just a friendly reminder Driving through the city the other day, as I often do, I happened to see a Pawtucket Fire Department Engine Company with lights flashing and siren sounding, as it passed me by. I also observed a Pawtucket police cruiser also responding. Having been in the service of the city of Pawtucket as a police officer, retiring in 1981, I well know and understand what the mind- set of being behind the wheel of one of those vehicles is all about. To the average observer because of movie/ TV representation of the adventure and romance of the occupation and the media changing the title of the occupation from police officer and firefighter to first respond- er, it's easy to see how the observer would lose touch with who the public safety indi- viduals actually were and who in fact they are. For instance, the title of first responder is somewhat correct in that they are first on the scene. However, that title should not be the replacement title for who they actually are; after all, there is a level of respect and dignity associated with the occupation that shouldn't be lost because the media gave them a new title. First responders could be anybody includ- ing the media themselves. The difference being that police officers and firefighters have taken an oath to serve and protect and at times at the risk of losing their own lives, whereas first responders share no responsibil- ity for that oath and are not held responsible for a bad outcome. So the next time you see a piece of fire apparatus or a police vehicle responding, keep in mind who they are and what they represent. They are the public servants who have taken an oath to protect and preserve your life and property at the risk and peril that no one else has sworn an oath to do, and they deserve your respect and support. Always keep in mind, if it wasn't for pub- lic safety personnel, we would be in social chaos. Jeremiah O'Connor PPD (Sergeant retired) Pawtucket Former Sen. Doyle sentenced Former Rhode Island state senator and businessman James Doyle, II, 47, of Pawtucket, was sentenced last week to 24 months in federal prison for engaging in a $74 million dollar check-kiting scheme in which he wrote tens of thousands of dollars of worthless checks, and failed to report more than $1 million in income and pay taxes to the IRS. Doyle pleaded guilty last September to 31 counts of bank fraud and one count each of filing a false tax return and failing to file a tax return. At the time of his guilty plea, he admitted that as owner of city-based Doyle Respirator, LLC and Doyle Sleep Solutions LLC, he engaged in criminal conduct during which $74 million in worthless bank transac- tions were executed in check-kiting schemes through bank accounts he controlled at three banks. Doyle admitted that he executed the schemes through the use of checks, cash with- drawals, ATM electronic transfers and ACH transfer payments. Doyle, who declined a request for an inter- view this week, also admitted that for tax years 2013 through 2016, he and his wife failed to report to the IRS more than $1 mil- lion in income and failed to pay $305,426 in taxes due the IRS. At sentencing, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William Smith sentenced Doyle to three years of supervised release upon completion of his term of imprisonment and ordered Doyle to pay restitution totaling $426,707 to Santander Bank and Alliance Blackstone Valley Federal Credit Union. U.S. Attorney Aaron Weisman commented, "As so well articulated by Chief Judge Smith, an incarcerative sentence of 24 months is most appropriate considering the damage Mr. Doyle's actions in defrauding three banks of almost half a million dollars, has done to erode the people's trust in their public offi- cials." At the time of his guilty plea, Doyle admit- ted to the court that he accomplished the check-kiting schemes by writing checks from accounts he knew were not backed by suf- ficient funds and depositing those checks into different accounts to cover daily overdrafts. Simultaneously, he wrote checks out of the second bank account and deposited those checks back into the first account. The purpose in writing and depositing the worthless checks was to manipulate the bal- ances in the checking accounts, and thereby create the false and fraudulent appearance that the accounts had sufficient available funds in the accounts and to deceive and trick the banks into honoring the checks drawn against the checking accounts with insufficient funds. Doyle executed the scheme on a daily basis, at times undertaking in excess of 50 transactions per day, included the utiliza- tion of ATMs to lengthen the time it took for checks to be presented for clearing. THE WEEK THAT WAS DOYLE Do you know someone celebrating a May Birthday? The Valley Breeze Birthday Club for MAY will be printed on May 2, 2019. Forms should be received by The Valley Breeze by Friday, April 26, 2019. Send in the name of someone with his or her May birth date and $2 per edition and we'll include them in the club. The check should be made payable to The Valley Breeze for use in the Breeze charities fund. Mail to: The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Thank you! Greetings should be 10 words or less. Name: .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 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