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Library, New Bedford officials mum as dead men rack up late fees

“William M. Flynn has checked out nearly 135 books, mostly mysteries, from the city library system since 2009, racking up $2,929.61 in late fines. Trouble is, Flynn has been dead since January 2007. “My concern was that there’s someone working there who renewed his card,” said one of Flynn’s relatives, who declined to be named. The library cards of at least two deceased city men were apparently renewed after their deaths and used to check out books that never were returned in a matter that apparently involves a city employee — although officials declined to say who or how.” (via

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