Former Orleans Police Department Clerk Pleads Guilty, Sentenced in Connection with Stealing More Than $90,000 From Police Relief Fund and Town
BARNSTABLE – A former clerk for the Orleans Police Department has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for stealing a combined total of approximately $92,000 from the local police relief fund and the Town of Orleans, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today. She also formerly served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Orleans Police Relief Association.
Anne M. Reynolds, age 60, of Eastham, pleaded guilty today in Barnstable Superior Court on the charges of Larceny over $250 (4 counts) and Making False Entries in Corporate Books (4 counts). After the plea was entered, Judge Gary Nickerson sentenced Reynolds to two-and-a-half years in the House of Correction, with one year to serve and the balance suspended for a probationary period of four years. Judge Nickerson also ordered that Reynolds pay restitution in the full amount of $92,608.
Judge Nickerson stayed execution of the sentence until August 9, 2013 when Reynolds is to report to court to begin serving her sentence.
“This defendant abused her position and stole tens of thousands of dollars from the Town of Orleans and the Orleans Police Relief Association,” said AG Coakley. “She stole funds intended to benefit the Town of Orleans and its citizens and from an organization that provides important services to police officers and their families.”
This matter was initially reported by the Orleans Police Department to the Cape & Island District Attorney’s Office. After preliminary investigation by the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office and its State Police Detective Unit, the matter was referred to AG Coakley’s Public Integrity Division, a specialized unit devoted to prosecuting these types of cases.
Reynolds worked as a civilian clerk for the Orleans Police Department (OPD) for over 20 years. Her responsibilities included assisting with the collection and recording of certain town fees paid by the public at the OPD, among other administrative tasks. Reynolds also sat on the Board of Directors for the Orleans Police Relief Association (OPRA), a nonprofit organization whose primary function is to assist police officers and their families in the event of injury or death. She served as the Secretary and Treasurer of OPRA and was responsible for the management of its financials.
From January 2007 to March 2012, Reynolds stole approximately $92,000 from OPRA bank accounts by making cash withdrawals and writing unauthorized checks to herself, to “cash,” and to third parties in order to pay her personal expenses. The investigation revealed that at the same time Reynolds stole from OPRA’s accounts, she diverted more than $20,000 worth of fee payments, received by the OPD and intended for the Town of Orleans, into OPRA’s accounts. By March 2012, Reynolds had depleted all of the funds in OPRA’s accounts, including the money that belonged to the Town of Orleans.
Reynolds also falsified reports in an attempt to conceal her theft. As Treasurer of OPRA, Reynolds regularly created treasurer’s reports to present at Board of Directors meetings. Investigation revealed that Reynolds falsified these reports by omitting the checks that she wrote to herself, to “cash,” or to third parties and the cash withdrawals she made from OPRA’s accounts. She also inflated the ending balance of the accounts in these reports in order to cover up her theft.
A Barnstable Grand Jury returned indictments against Reynolds on December 20, 2012. She was arraigned in Barnstable Superior Court on January 25, 2013. Reynolds pleaded guilty and was sentenced today. The judge stayed the execution of her sentence until August 9, 2013.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Gina Masotta of AG Coakley’s Public Integrity Division. The investigation was handled by Financial Investigator Kevin Floster of AG Coakley’s Financial Investigations Division and State Police assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office.