Northampton is a small town, and there is very little you can get away with without people noticing, and talking about it. The commercial and legal and political world is pretty well focused in about four or five city blocks in the downtown area. You can’t have an affair in Northampton, or if you have it, it will become a choice tidbit passed around and elaborated on. People will see the two of you together, and even if there is nothing going on, they probably think it is.
One night developer Mike Sissman saw the three men who ended up being key players in the secret partnerships that did so much to ruin the bank having dinner one night at the Inn at Northampton. He realized right away that something was terribly wrong at Heritage Bank.
“Well here they were at their table plotting” Mike said. “There’s Donald Todrin, Irving Labovitz, and Mike Smith. A lawyer already renowned in our town for his shady dealings, the bank’s counsel, and its chief lending officer, all buddy-buddy. Something was happening.”
Read part two of my book on the
Heritage Bank scandal. read it here.