A while ago, I wrote about Wilfredo T. Laboy, the Superintendant of Schools in Lawrence, MA. First, there was his repeated failure to pass a required English fluency test. Then there was the dustup when he tried to get the city to pay for running boards for his leased SUV.
But while you can take the scam away from the man, you can’t keep the man away from scams. Recently, Mr. Laboy submitted a receipt for “routine service” — oil change, tire rotation, and lube job.
One city official thought that $269 was a bit much for that kind of work, and turned over the invoice. On the back, unnoticed at first glance, was the remainder of the “routine service” performed — installation of a remote starter for his Trailblazer.
Finally, it looks like Massachusetts’ Inspector General’s office is launching an investigation into Mr. Laboy. Here’s hoping it’s a productive one. If there’s any justice at all, he’ll end up fired at least. If we’re really lucky, he’ll be forced to pay restitution. And if there’s any justice, he’ll end up in jail.
But then again, this is Massachusetts we’re talking about. The land of Kennedy and Kerry, of Bulgers and Dukakis, the only state to lose population in the last census, the state that never found a tax or a restrictive law it never liked. I ain’t holding my breath.