For Immediate Release - June 02, 2010

Quincy Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Over Two Years in Jail for Stealing Over $1 Million From Former Employers

BOSTON - A Quincy man has pled guilty in Suffolk Superior Court in connection with orchestrating a check fraud scheme in which he stole over $1 million from his former employers. William Gauthier, age 56, pled guilty yesterday to the charges of Larceny over $250 (2 counts) and Larceny over $250 by Single Scheme (2 counts). After the plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Charles T. Spurlock sentenced Gauthier to serve two and a half years in the House of Correction, followed by four years of probation. Judge Spurlock also ordered Gauthier to attend Gamblers' Anonymous meetings.

"Mr. Gauthier abused his position of trust to steal over a million dollars for himself. Individuals who believe that they can defraud their employers for their own personal gain will be held accountable." AG Coakley said. "Our office will continue to ardently prosecute those who misuse their positions to perpetrate criminal activities."

In February 2007, the Attorney General's Office began its investigation into Gauthier's activities after the matter had been referred by one of Gauthier's former employers. Between January 2002 and late 2006, Gauthier worked for a company that had contracted to provide janitorial services to Boston Medical Center (BMC). Gauthier was an on-site manager whose responsibilities involved collecting payments from the hospital. Each week he was supposed to pick up checks at BMC that were payable to the janitorial company and deposit them into the company's bank account. Instead, Gauthier stole 163 checks and used them for his own personal use, including the lottery. Investigators discovered that in some cases Gauthier stole these checks by submitting fake invoices to BMC, and in other cases he simply stole the checks that were made payable to his former employer for work actually done at the hospital. In total, Gauthier stole approximately $1.2 million dollars from the janitorial company and BMC.

After leaving his previous employer in September 2006, Gauthier was later hired in 2007 by a Maryland-based company that also provides janitorial services to hospitals. Gauthier was hired to manage these services at a hospital in New York. Investigators discovered that in the spring of April 2007, Gauthier stole two checks from his new employer totaling approximately $83,000. Authorities believe that Gauthier stole this money for his own personal use.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Gauthier on September 12, 2008. He was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on September 12, 2008, where he entered a plea of not guilty and was subsequently released on bail. Yesterday, Gauthier pled guilty to all charges in Suffolk Superior Court and was sentenced.

The Attorney General's Office also has a case pending against Gauthier for crimes committed in Middlesex County. Gauthier is charged with allegedly stealing over $23,000 in rent checks while working as a property manager for an apartment building in Newton. That case is scheduled for a hearing on June 8, 2010, in Middlesex Superior Court.

The case was 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.