Accused Plainville embezzler's plea deal held up over restitution

Published on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:31
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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PLAINVILLE - A former Board of Education employee accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the school system is looking to strike a plea deal with state prosecutors, but those involved in the case cannot agree on how much restitution is owed to the town.

Police say Maria Bourlogiannis, 60, embezzled more than $40,000 between March 2013 and December 2015.

She was fired in August 2016 after school officials were made aware of her alleged activities.

Police said Bourlogiannis forged numerous documents with the intent to defraud the Board of Education.

On Tuesday, in Bristol Superior Court, state prosecutor Jeffrey Lee said Bourlogiannis wants to accept a plea deal that would include pleading guilty to one count of first-degree larceny, a fully suspended sentence and five years of probation. She would need to pay restitution.

Lee, though, said an attorney representing the town and Bourlogiannis’ lawyer cannot agree on how much restitution would be owed. The town contends that it is owed around $52,000. Bourlogiannis’s lawyer says she only owes about $27,000.

The case was continued to Feb. 4.

Bourlogiannis faces one count of first-degree larceny and 10 counts of second-degree forgery.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:31. Updated: Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:34.