For Immediate Release - June 30, 2010

New Hampshire Woman Arraigned for Allegedly Stealing More Than $57,000 From Her Former Employer

WOBURN - A New Hampshire woman was arraigned on charges she stole over $57,000 from her former employer in a scheme in which she created false entries in her company's accounts payable system to steal funds for personal use, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced. Michelle Hogan, age 40, of Litchfield, was charged with Falsifying Corporate Books and Larceny Over $250 .

"We allege that Ms. Hogan abused her position to steal thousands of dollars from her employer for her own personal benefit," said AG Coakley. "Our office will continue to investigate and prosecute these crimes and hold responsible those who try to deceive their employers."

According to authorities, while employed as an accounts payable clerk at a biopharmaceutical services company based in Waltham, MA, Hogan allegedly created false entries in the company's accounts payable system in a scheme to steal funds. From November 2002 through November 2005, Hogan allegedly entered her mother's name into the company's accounts payable system as a fraudulent vendor. According to authorities, on separate occasions from November 2002 through November 2005, Hogan created false invoice entries which resulted in checks being made payable to her mother.

As a result of this scheme, a total of nine checks totaling $57,399.63 were deposited in the bank account held jointly by Hogan and her mother. Investigators from the Attorney General's Office found that the checks issued to Hogan's mother were deposited within days of being issued and that these funds were allegedly used by Hogan for personal bill payments and other personal use.

Hogan's former employer initially detected the alleged fraud and referred the matter to the Attorney General's Office in November 2009.

A Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against Hogan on June 11, 2010. Hogan was arraigned on June 28, 2010, in Middlesex Superior Court at which time she entered a plea of not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Hogan is scheduled to appear in court on July 29, 2010, for a pre-trial conference. Clerk Magistrate Matthew Day presided over the arraignment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Michael H. Pine of Attorney General Coakley's Corruption and Fraud Division with assistance from Financial Investigators Mark Pulli and Jessie Dean of the Attorney General's Corruption and Fraud Division.