Former Employee Indicted in Connection with Stealing More Than $100,000 From Framingham State University
Defendant Allegedly Spent the Majority of Stolen Funds on Drugs
BOSTON – A former employee has been indicted in connection with stealing more than $110,000 from Framingham State University (FSU), Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. The defendant allegedly used most of the funds to purchase cocaine.
Robert Walmsley, age 34, of Brockton, was indicted on Thursday by a Statewide Grand Jury on charges of Larceny over $250 (3 counts) and Presenting a Fraudulent Claim to Employer for Payment (2 counts). He will be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court at a later date.
“This defendant allegedly stole tens of thousands of dollars from this university by exploiting his position,” AG Coakley said. “We allege that he spent the majority of that money on illegal drugs.”
Walmsley was arrested on Aug. 5 without incident by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office. He was subsequently arraigned in Framingham District Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. Judge Douglas Stoddart set bail at $20,000 cash.
The AG’s Office began an investigation in June 2013 after the matter was referred by officials at Framingham State University. Walmsley, an FSU graduate, began working in FSU’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations in 2008 until his termination in June 2013. His responsibilities entailed networking with alumni and at times, planning events for them.
Authorities allege that between July 2011 and May 2013, Walmsley stole more than $110,000 from FSU by using an FSU-issued Procurement Card for personal purchases. FSU issues these cards to some staff to use for department-related purchases.
According to investigators, Walmsley used his FSU Procurement Card to purchase hundreds of prepaid Visa gift cards in an amount totaling more than $110,000. Walmsley allegedly used these gift cards mainly to purchase illegal drugs and also sold some of the gift cards in exchange for cash. The gift cards were traced back to individuals who allegedly sold cocaine to Walmsley multiple times per week.
In order to conceal this theft, Walmsley then allegedly falsified some of the explanations for the gift card purchases on the receipts. He allegedly signed and submitted those fraudulent documents along with his monthly expense reports to FSU, falsely claiming they were for work-authorized purchases.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Sarah Bookbinder of AG Coakley’s Public Integrity Division, with assistance from Financial Investigator Anthony Taylor and State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office. Officials at Framingham State University fully cooperated throughout this investigation.