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Friday, December 16, 2011


Consider this equation:

a - b = c

where a = disgraced Maine Turnpork Authority director Paul Violette's putative net worth, b = the value of his fraudulent hoardings from highway contractors and tollpayers during his tenure at the Maine Turnpork Authority, which hoardings he will be required to return to the public in a recent court settlement.

It follows that the variable c equals Paul Violette's honest net worth.

Now, according to today's newspaper, a, Violette's current wealth, equals $430,000. And b, Violette's fraud, also equals $430,000.

Therefore, the value of c - the honest net worth of Paul Violette, is a big fat Zero. Quod erat demonstratum.

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