- Office of the Inspector General
Media Contact for Former Marblehead METCO Director to Pay Restitution
In March 2021, Francois Fils-Aime, a former director of the Marblehead METCO program, admitted to sufficient facts for a guilty finding on larceny charges for stealing money intended to benefit students.
Mr. Fils-Aime admitted to using a bank account referred to as The Marblehead METCO Sunshine Fund for his personal expenses, including restaurant meals. The account was funded by METCO parents’ yearly dues, as well as by donations from individuals and organizations.
Mr. Fils-Aime received a year of unsupervised probation and 100 hours of community service. He must also pay $10,000 in restitution to the Marblehead Public Schools. The case was continued without a finding subject to Mr. Fils-Aime successfully completing his probation.
An Essex County grand jury indicted Mr. Fils-Aime in 2019 based on a joint investigation by the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.
For additional information see: A Former Director of the METCO Program in Marblehead Charged with Larceny