May 24, 2022

New Bedford, Massachusetts: “Two City Library Officials on Paid Leave in Dead Men’s Cards Case”


Library director Stephen Fulchino was placed on administrative leave Thursday, one week after officials took another library employee off the job following reports that dead men’s library cards were used to check out close to 200 books for years after their deaths.

Mayor Jon Mitchell’s office would not identify the second library employee, but five sources told The Standard-Times that Casa de Saudade Library director Judith Downey was put on administrative leave last week.


On Sept. 25, The Standard-Times reported library cards belonging to two New Bedford men — William M. Flynn and A. Penry Warr — had continued to rack up late fees and lost book charges since their deaths in 2007 and 2005, respectively.

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Thanks to Matt R. Weaver for the story tip.

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