Former Plainville BOE member who embezzled more than $40K looking to pay restitution with pension funds

Published on Friday, 16 August 2019 19:41
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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PLAINVILLE - A former board of education employee who embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the school system is trying to pay restitution using her pension.

Maria Bourlogiannis, 61, appeared Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where her sentencing was held up yet again. She accepted a plea bargain in May that does not include any jail time. Her sentencing was originally scheduled for July and was postponed until Thursday.

According to court documents, Bourlogiannis has agreed to pay $40,000 in restitution to the town of Plainville. She is hoping to use pension funds to cover the restitution, court officials said Thursday.

Court papers said Bourlogiannis, who is free on $50,000 bond, has agreed to pay $17,000 of the total restitution at her sentencing. She is due back in court on Sept. 18

According to court documents, Bourlogiannis in May pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree larceny. In exchange, 10 counts of second-degree forgery are expected to be dropped.

Court papers said the deal involves a prison sentence of five years, suspended, and five years of probation.

According to court documents, Bourlogiannis, when she did accounts payable work for the school district and was part of the board of education, embezzled more than $40,000 between March 2013 and December 2015. She was fired from the board in August 2016 after school officials were made aware of the fraudulent activity.

Police said Bourlogiannis forged numerous documents with the intent to defraud the Plainville board of education.

According to the warrant, school officials were first made aware of the fraudulent activity after finding an irregular purchase made using funds from a special education federal grant. The purchase, which was done by Bourlogiannis, included a laptop, a Chromebook, a laptop sleeve and a home cinema projector, according to the arrest warrant.

According to the warrant, an audit of the school funds turned up a number of checks that were made out to someone who was known to Bourlogiannis. This person did not know her name was being used for Bourlogiannis to siphon money from the school district to herself, the warrant said.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Friday, 16 August 2019 19:41. Updated: Friday, 16 August 2019 19:44.