For Immediate Release - June 22, 2010

Former Office Manager Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Over $85,000 From Seekonk Construction Company

FALL RIVER - The former office manager for a Seekonk construction company has been indicted in connection with using her position to steal over $85,000 from her employer and using those funds for personal use. Rosa DaRosa, age 40, of East Providence, Rhode Island, is charged with Larceny over $250 by Scheme, Making False Entries in Corporate Books and Forgery.

"Ms. DaRosa allegedly used her position to steal a significant amount of money from her employer, and used that money for her own personal use," AG Coakley said. "Our office considers this to be a serious abuse of trust, and we will continue to investigate these crimes and hold responsible those who try to deceive their employers."

In October 2009, the Attorney General's Office began an investigation into DaRosa's alleged thefts. DaRosa was hired to be the office manager of a small construction company in Seekonk. Her duties included paying the company's credit card bills, managing corporate books, and preparing payroll. Investigators allege that between 2003 and 2005, DaRosa used corporate credit cards and company checks for unauthorized personal purchases, such as paying her utility bills and shopping at various retail stores. Authorities believe that DaRosa hid her actions by omitting entries for the unauthorized checks from the company's ledger. On other occasions, investigators discovered that DaRosa allegedly mislabeled payments in the ledger in order to hide the exact nature of their use. Authorities also discovered that DaRosa committed payroll fraud by issuing checks for employees who no longer worked for the construction company. DaRosa allegedly issued the checks in the former employees' names, and then forged the signatures of the former employees to make it appear as if they had signed over the check to DaRosa. DaRosa then allegedly cashed the checks or deposited them into her personal bank account. Investigators believe that DaRosa stole over $85,000 from the construction company.

A Bristol County Grand Jury returned indictments against DaRosa today. She is scheduled to be arraigned on July 23 in Bristol Superior Court.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General David Waterfall and was investigated by financial investigator Mark Pulli, both of AG Coakley's Corruption and Fraud Division. The State Police assisted with the investigation.