Add these 2 alleged women embezzlers to the list
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#1 Dec 31, 2008
Add these two to the list!
Police bring charges on two theft investigations
McGrath tied to PTO theft
By Michael Kane BANNER EDITOR
BOYLSTON Police have pressed charges in two investigations regarding stolen money from three private organizations in town, including the Boylston Elementery School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Friends of the Boylston Library.
Jennifer McGrath, 42, of Central Street, Boylston, a sitting member of the Planning Board, was arraigned Tuesday in Clinton District Court on two charges of larceny over $250 and one charge of attempting to commit a crime.
Charges against McGrath came after a three-month investigation
Country club employee
Police have also pressed charges against a 34-year-old Mount Pleasant country Club employee who allegedly stole more than $14,000 over a five-month period in 2008.
Lisa Tagman, a 13-year employee from Mechanic Street, East Brookfield, has been charged with larceny by embezzlement after confessing to police on Nov. 25. The missing money was reported on Nov. 13 after a change in management at the country club, Sahagian said. Tagman was responsible for cash bar receipts.
She had access to cash and checks, Sahagian said.The checks were deposited appropriately, but the cash appears to have been diverted for her own use.
The growing list:
Missing money probed
By John Collins 12/06/08
TYNGSBORO -- The former office manager of the Tyngsboro Water District is under investigation for allegedly stealing up to $41,000 over four years while collecting checks from ratepayers, The Sun has learned.
Warren Allgrove, chairman of the district's Board of Commissioners, said Wednesday that Betty Choate,
Lowell school worker eyed in robbery
PTO treasurer suspected of stealing $7,800 from account
By Christopher Scott and Jennifer Myers, Sun Staff
LOWELL -- Larceny charges are expected against Ann Pellegrino, the treasurer of the Butler Middle School's Parent Teacher Organization, who is under investigation by Lowell police in connection with the suspected theft of nearly $8,000 from the PTO bank account, said Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee.
Police: Ex-Pelham school staffer looted fund
By Chris Camire
Lisa K. Harris charged
PELHAM -- The former president and treasurer of a Pelham Elementary School fundraising group was arrested yesterday on charges she stole money from it.
Lisa K. Harris, 50, of Pelham, surrendered to police on an arrest warrant at 11 a.m., police said.
Trial date set for former
Legion Post bar manager
By M.E. Jones
Article Launched: 07/18/08
SHIRLEY -- A Shirley woman changed with stealing money from American Legion Post 183 appeared in Ayer District Court for a pre-trial hearing that was continued.
Kathleen Schick, 57, of Peabody Road, is charged with 10 counts of larceny over $250.
The alleged thefts occurred in 2006, according to court documents. She was the bar manager at the Legion Post at that time.
Prison terms in Lowell adoption-agency theft.
In an anger-filled impact statement, Ilze Keegan, executive director of the Florence Crittenton League adoption agency, told a federal judge yesterday that's how she felt after learning of the theft of more than $637,000 by the agency's former bookkeeper and her friend of 19 years.
LOWELL -- A former Community Teamwork Inc. employee and the mastermind of a scheme to steal more than $100,000 from the housing-assistance program where she worked will serve a year in jail and repay a fraction of what she and her family stole.
03/15/08 FITCHBURG -- A judge ordered the former executive director of the Leominster Red Cross chapter to pay $4,000 in restitution in Fitchburg District Court Friday on charges she stole money and misappropriated funds from the organization.
Several months ago a woman was charged in Fitchburg for stealing money from a dart league.
#2 Dec 31, 2008
All to support their drug addictions.....
#3 Jan 1, 2009
Who was the crook from community teamwork?
#4 Jan 1, 2009
The Socialist liberal
#5 Jan 1, 2009
But what was her name?
#6 Jan 1, 2009
Her name is Lowell Gay Guy your lover.
#7 Jan 2, 2009
Worker indicted in theft of $100G.
Byline: Michael Lafleur
Jul. 13--LOWELL -- A former employee at the Lowell-based social-service agency Community Teamwork Inc. has been indicted for allegedly embezzling more than $100,000 from one of the organization's housing programs.
Acting Lowell Police Deputy Superintendent Robert DeMoura, the department spokesman, yesterday said CTI officials contacted police earlier this year after noticing discrepancies in their finances.
"As a result of that, we conducted a criminal investigation which revealed there was an individual working there who was making out checks to relatives and friends," DeMoura said.
Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone's office on May 31 issued an indictment against Francisca Sandoval, 38, of Temple Street in Lowell, and four alleged conspirators in connection with the case. All are scheduled to be arraigned in Lowell Superior Court on Tuesday. All who allegedly were involved are Lowell residents.
Sandoval faces charges of making false entries in corporate books (four counts), larceny of more than $250 (four counts) and forgery (four counts).
CTI Executive Director Karen Frederick said Sandoval held a low-level data-entry position in one of CTI's housing programs. She declined to specify which program. Frederick said Sandoval, who had been working for the agency for less than a year, has since been fired.
Frederick said the alleged embezzlement occurred from last November to January from an account funded by the state Department of Housing and Community Development. She said the financial losses were covered by the agency's insurance policy.
"We were able to complete all of our programming," she said. "It didn't harm any clients."
Frederick said CTI employees are not able to write checks to themselves.
Deputy CTI Director William Lipchitz said because Sandoval held a data-entry position, "she was able to manipulate the data to create some kind of a payment to one of her friends."
He and Frederick declined to elaborate on Sandoval's methods.
Sandoval could not be reached for comment.
Frederick said CTI and state officials have since looked at all of the agency's financial procedures to tighten security in response to the issue.
"We take our responsibility very seriously about funding we get from the government and from the public," she said. "Clearly, we are working very hard to continuously check our systems. We went right to the police with it. We want to make sure people know if they try to do something here, we are going to take it to the authorities."
In addition to Sandoval, the others indicted are:
--Kevin Navarro, 19, of West Sixth Street; charged with larceny of more than $250 (11 counts) and uttering (11 counts).
--Virginia Ortiz, 22, of Temple Street; charged with larceny of more than $250 (five counts) and uttering (five counts).
--Wanda Ortiz, 37, of West Sixth Street; charged with larceny of more than $250 (three counts) and uttering (three counts).
--Christine Quinones, 21, of Whipple Street; charged with larceny of more than $250 (eight counts) and uttering (eight counts).
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