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News Former Accountant for Multiple Towns Faces New Charges for Allegedly Stealing $200,000

3/26/2021
  • Office of the Inspector General

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Jack Meyers

A statewide grand jury indicted the former accountant of Uxbridge and Wenham for allegedly embezzling an additional $201,617. This is the second indictment against the former accountant, Justin Cole.

The new charges allege that between March 2014 and February 2017 Justin Cole allegedly stole more than $200,000 from the towns of Uxbridge and Wenham. Mr. Cole was previously indicted in July 2020 for allegedly stealing $729,000, bringing the amount allegedly stolen to nearly $930,000. The additional charges are one count of larceny over $250 and one count of presentation of a false claim. The charges resulted from a continuation of the investigation conducted jointly by the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

Mr. Cole worked as the town accountant for the town of Uxbridge and provided contracted accounting services to the town of Wenham through his company, Baystate Municipal Accounting Group. In the latest indictment, Mr. Cole allegedly diverted the towns’ funds to a company that he operated by submitting fake invoices for services that were never provided.

For additional information about the previous indictment, see: Former Accountant for Three Massachusetts Towns Indicted for Stealing $729,000

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