Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Hampshire Paper Claims Large Scale Embezzlements "On The Rise"

The Merrimack Valley Eagle Tribune of New Hampshire published an article today outlining what it describes as an increase in large scale embezzlement cases in the state. Read the whole article here. The article cites the following cases recently in the news in and around the state:
  • Dawn Appel, North Andover — Charged with taking $38,482 from the North Parish Church. Case remains open.
  • Michelle Cote, Londonderry, N.H. — Stole $200,000 from Lambs Construction Corp. bank accounts. She was convicted, and is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
  • Cheryl Crawford, Derry, N.H. — Former Derry Citizen of the Year took more than $350,000 from the Derry Economic Development Corp. She was sentenced to one year in prison, and ordered to repay the victims and complete 100 hours of community service.
  • Joseph Lydick, Derry, N.H. — North Andover purchasing agent was charged with embezzling $20,800 of the town's money. Case remains open.
  • Marie Morey, Lawrence — Charged with taking $6,350 from the probation department at Lawrence District Court. Case remains open.
  • Alfred Perry, North Andover — The former chairman of the North Andover School Committee stole $22,361 from clients of his insurance agency. He was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to repay the victims.
  • Theresa Roccapriore, Groveland — Charged with stealing $136,000 from Lawrence General Hospital. Case remains open.

We would also add the following cases in the news this year from New Hampshire:

  • Lisa Fern Grass, 46, formerly of Boscawen, New Hampshire, who pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft in connection with her embezzlement of some $200,000 from the Concord Monitor.
  • Rebecca McGuire, 52, of Amherst, New Hampshire, who has been sentenced to to three concurrent 3 1⁄2-to 7-year terms for embezzling $311,500 from the Jasper Valley Swim and Tennis Club where she had been employed as a volunteer treasurer
  • Julie Ann Garrow, 44, of Alstead, New Hampshire, who was arrested for allegedly embezzling some $711,000 from a Vermont-based family-run graphics shop where she had been employed as a bookkeeper for 14 years.
  • Linda K. Blanchet, 45, of Milford, New Hampshire, who pleaded guilty to embezzling some $200,000 from her employer, Inside Track Cabling, a local family business where she had been employed as a bookkeeper.
  • Peggy Kempton, 58, of Hollis, New Hampshire, who has been indicted for allegedly embezzling $1.3 million from the Fruitlands Museum of Harvard, Massachusetts where she had been employed as its chief financial officer.
  • Desiree D. McLoughlin, 37, of Gonic, New Hampshire, who has been accused of embezzling some $80,000 from an unnamed law office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She reportedly had four prior convictions for theft.
  • Linda Sue Bevins, 53, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, who was accused of embezzling $1.6 million from the Crotched Mountain Foundation and is currently headed for trial.
  • Kelly Curley, 35, of Nashua, New Hampshire, who pleaded guilty to five counts of embezzlement by a bank employee and one count of identity theft in connection with the theft of more than $200,000 from an unnamed Massachusetts-based credit union.
  • Anthony L. Lopez, Jr., 34, of Sandown, New Hampshire, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison, plus restitution for embezzling nearly $500,000 from his former employer, NER Construction Management, Inc. of Wilmington, Massachusetts.
  • Raymond H. Douville, aka Raye Ellen Douville, 54, of Bedford, New Hampshire, who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 in insurance premium funds entrusted to her agency for her own benefit.

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