Regarding the story about the a Bellingham bank employee and another woman who stole more than $350,000 from the account of an elderly lady: They were given sentences of two to three months, and are required to pay back $15,000.00. What? First of all this slap on the wrist is a cruel joke. They should remain in custody until most of the money is paid back. Also, shouldn’t the bank bear some of the responsibility for this atrocity? If this lack of punishment is allowed to stand, it reinforces the old adage that yes, crime indeed does pay!