For Immediate Release - July 10, 2013

Former Springfield School Employee Sentenced in Connection with Stealing More Than $14,000

Defendant Ordered to Pay Full Restitution; Charge Stems from Investigation into Misappropriation of Public School Funds

SPRINGFIELD -- A Springfield woman has been sentenced in connection with stealing more than $14,000 from a Springfield public school, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

Sherry Suber, 45, admitted to sufficient facts on the charge of Larceny by Scheme Over $250. Hampden District Court Judge Philip Beattie continued the case without a finding for three years and ordered Suber to pay more than $14,000 in restitution. Suber was further ordered to forfeit her retirement contributions back to the City of Springfield and to attend a financial literacy course.

The charge stems from an investigation into the misappropriation of funds at the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy (Putnam Vocational). In the fall of 2010, the Springfield Office of Internal Audits (OIA) began an investigation and full scale audit of the school. The results of the audit were then referred to the AG’s office for further investigation.

Documents recovered from Putnam and the city of Springfield showed that between June 2010 and December 2010 Suber used her position as Senior Clerk Typist to steal more than $14,000 from the school.

In her position, Suber was entrusted with collecting the vocational funds from department heads and depositing the funds into the city’s bank account on a daily basis. Investigators determined that Suber deposited less money in the account than was actually collected and delayed making deposits after collection. Suber kept some or all of the money from a given day then made up the difference with checks or cash from subsequent deposits. Suber resigned from Putnam Vocational in January 2011.

A criminal complaint was filed against Suber on December 20, 2013 in Hampden District Court. Suber was arraigned on January 8, 2013 where she pleaded not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Suber was sentenced Tuesday.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Beth Ann Lux of AG Coakley’s Western Massachusetts Regional Office with assistance from Financial Investigator Jack D’Isidoro and State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office.

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