For Immediate Release - March 22, 2011

Former Medical Office Manager Indicted in Connection with Stealing Over $350,000 From Former Employer

WOBURN - A former office manager for a Hopkinton medical practice has been indicted for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her former employer, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today.

Margaret Connor, age 55, of Marlborough, was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges of Larceny over $250 by Continuous Scheme, and False Entries in Corporate Books.

In May 2010, the Attorney General's Office began an investigation into Connor's alleged activities after the matter was initially investigated and referred by her former employer. Beginning in late 2003, Connor was promoted to the role of office manager for a private medical practice in Hopkinton. Her daily duties included paying bills, managing the practice's books, and managing health care and life insurance coverage of staff members. In early 2010, Connor's former employer discovered that she had listed a member of her family as an employee on one of the company's health insurance rosters in order to obtain health care coverage for the individual. This prompted the members of the practice to review the bank records, invoices and corporate books. After discovering discrepancies, the employer referred the matter to the AG's Office for prosecution.

Authorities allege that Connor wrote more than 150 checks from the company's bank account for her own personal benefit. Connor allegedly made false entries in the company's accounting software in an effort to conceal her thefts. Many of the allegedly unauthorized checks Connor wrote were used to pay for personal expenses such as: travel, dining, clothing, furniture, jewelry, and sporting equipment she purchased using personal credit cards. Investigators allegedly also discovered that Connor paid her mortgage and utilities bills from her employer's checking account.

Today, a Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against Connor. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on a later date

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jill Ambrose of AG Coakley's Fraud and Financial Crimes Division and was investigated by Financial Investigator Jessie Dean of AG Coakley's Financial Investigations Division and State Police assigned to Coakley's Criminal Bureau.

The AG's new Fraud and Financial Crimes Division will focus on cases of fraud and white collar cases. These cases include: employee embezzlement; thefts by attorneys and investment advisers; tax fraud; mortgage fraud; and other crimes against companies that impact their financial standing.