For Immediate Release - June 09, 2010

Quincy Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Six Months in Jail for Stealing Over $50,000 From Former Employer

Defendant Was Previously Sentenced to Over Two Years in Jail After Pleading to Similar Charges Last Week

WOBURN - A Quincy man has pled guilty in Middlesex Superior Court in connection with orchestrating a second check fraud scheme in which he stole over $50,000 from his former employer, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. William Gauthier, age 56, pled guilty yesterday to charges of Larceny over $250 (3 counts), Forgery (2 counts), and Uttering (2 counts). On June 1, 2010, in Suffolk Superior Court, Gauthier was sentenced to serve two and a half years in the House of Correction, after he pled guilty to a scheme he operated in Suffolk County in which he stole over $1 million from former employers. Yesterday, after his plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Bruce R. Henry sentenced Gauthier to serve an additional six months in the House of Correction upon the completion of his Suffolk sentence. Judge Henry also sentenced Gauthier to serve three years probation after his release, and ordered him to pay $11,227 to his former employer, which represents the balance of the unrecovered stolen funds.

"Mr. Gauthier used his position as property manager to steal thousands of dollars in rent money from his employer and people who trusted him for his own personal use," AG Coakley said. "Crimes such as this will not go unpunished and our office will continue to investigate and prosecute those who misuse their positions to perpetrate criminal activities."

In June 2009, the Attorney General's Office began an investigation into the Middlesex County charges after Gauthier's scheme had been discovered and referred by his former employer. During the period of June 2008 through June 2009, Gauthier worked as a property manager at an apartment complex in Newton. He used his position of trust to commit a check fraud scheme in which he defrauded his employer and tenants out of thousands of dollars in rent money. Investigators discovered that Gauthier 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 deposited these checks into his personal account without the knowledge or permission of his employer. Gauthier also deposited two rent 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 repaid a portion of the stolen money back to his employer's account.

A Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against Gauthier on October 22, 2009. On November 6, 2009, he was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court where he entered a plea of not guilty and was released on bail. Yesterday, he pled guilty in Middlesex Superior Court and was sentenced.

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