For Immediate Release - February 18, 2011

New Hampshire Woman Pleads Guilty, Sentenced for Stealing More Than $57,000 From Her Former Employer

WOBURN - A New Hampshire woman pled guilty in Middlesex Superior Court to charges she stole over $57,000 from her former employer for personal use, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced.

Michelle Hogan, age 40, of Litchfield, pled guilty yesterday to charges of Falsifying Corporate Books and Larceny Over $250. Following the change of plea, Middlesex Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Fahey sentenced Hogan to two years in the House of Correction, one year to serve, balance suspended for five years, and five years probation to serve from and after her incarceration. Hogan was also ordered to pay full restitution. Under the terms of probation, Hogan must fully disclose convictions to future employers and is barred from employment requiring fiduciary or record keeping duties.

"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."

While employed as an accounts payable clerk at a biopharmaceutical services company based in Waltham, MA, Hogan created false entries in the company's accounts payable system in a scheme to steal funds. From November 2002 through November 2005, Hogan entered her mother's name into the company's accounts payable system as a fraudulent vendor. On separate occasions during the relevant time periods 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 pled guilty yesterday, was sentenced and ordered to pay full restitution.

This case was 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.