For Immediate Release - November 06, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office Announces Arraignment of Former Newton Man Charged with Allegedly Stealing Over $23,000 in Rent Checks

WOBURN - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announces that a former Newton man was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court for allegedly stealing over $23,000 in rent checks while working as a property manager for an apartment building. William Gauthier, age 55, is charged with Larceny over $250 by False Pretenses (3 counts), Forgery (2 counts) and Uttering (2 counts).

The Attorney General's Office previously charged Gauthier in September 2008 in connection with two check fraud schemes in which he allegedly stole over $1 million. While released on bail on those charges, Gauthier worked as a property manager at an apartment building in Newton. One of his duties was to collect rent checks from tenants and deposit them into his employer's business account.

In June 2009, the Attorney General's Office began an investigation into these new charges after Gauthier's scheme had been discovered and referred by his former employer. Authorities allege that during the period of June 2008 through June 2009, Gauthier used his position of trust to commit another check fraud scheme in which he defrauded his employer and other victims out of thousands of dollars in rent money. Investigators discovered that Gauthier allegedly told these tenants to make out rent checks to him personally or to a business that he owned. The tenants did as they were told because they trusted him as the property manager. He then allegedly deposited these checks into his personal account. Gauthier's employer never gave him permission to deposit the checks into his own account, nor were these checks ever to be made payable to him. Authorities allege that Gauthier also deposited two checks into his own personal account that were made payable to his employer by forging his employer's signature on the back of the checks. Gauthier later deposited a portion of the stolen money into his employer's account.

A Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against Gauthier on October 22, 2009. Today, he was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court where he entered a plea of not guilty and released on the same bail from his previous case. He is scheduled to next appear in court on December 2, 2009 for a pre-trial conference.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General David Waterfall, of Attorney General Coakley's Corruption and Fraud Division, and was investigated by Jessie Dean of the Attorney General's Financial Investigations Division. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office also assisted with this investigation.