Walpole Woman Indicted for Allegedly Stealing More Than $290,000 From Her Employers
Stole From Lexington-Based Staffing Company and Waltham-Based Educational Consulting Firm
WOBURN – A Walpole woman has been indicted in connection with allegedly stealing more than $290,000 from two of her employers, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Teresa Goodsell, age 43, of Walpole, was indicted on Thursday by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges of Larceny over $250 (6 counts) and False Entries in Corporate Books. She will be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court at a later date.
“This defendant allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from two companies by exploiting her position within those organizations,” said AG Healey. “These companies and their employees were victimized by these alleged criminal actions.”
The AG’s Office initiated an investigation in 2014 after the matter was reported by one of Goodsell’s employers. The AG’s Office previously charged Goodsell in Concord District Court in connection with her theft.
Authorities allege that Goodsell stole from Willmott & Associates, Inc. (Willmott), a Lexington-based business that provides staffing and employment services in human resource departments for a wide range of industries across the nation. She also allegedly stole from the Cambridge Institute of International Education (Cambridge Institute), a Waltham-based family of companies which focus on the placement of international students in American homes and private schools.
From 2006 to June 2013, Goodsell was employed as the Director of Operations at Willmott, a position that granted her control of the company’s finances. Authorities allege that between 2007 and 2013, Goodsell stole more than $230,000 from Willmott, using a variety of schemes that included directing paychecks to former employees and depositing them into her own bank accounts. Goodsell also allegedly made unauthorized payments directly to herself from Willmott accounts.
Goodsell began working at the Cambridge Institute in July 2013 as the Director of Human Resources. Authorities allege that she stole more than $60,000 from the Cambridge Institute between July 2013 and April 2015. Goodsell allegedly fraudulently procured checks payable to current and former employees and deposited them into her personal bank accounts and also directed the company’s payroll system to disperse payments in the name of current, former, or false employees directly into her bank accounts
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Andrew Doherty of AG Healey’s Fraud and Financial Crimes Division. It was investigated by Sallyann Nelligan, Director of AG Healey’s Financial Investigations Division, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, and the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab. Both Willmott and the Cambridge Institute fully cooperated with the investigation.