PLAINVILLE – A former Board of Education employee who embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the school system was sentenced to probation Wednesday.
Maria Bourlogiannis, 61, pleaded guilty to the count of first-degree larceny in New Britain Superior Court and in exchange, received five years in prison, all suspended, with five years probation. She was previously facing 10 additional counts of second-degree forgery charges. She was represented by attorney Norman Pattis.
Bourlogiannis embezzled more than $40,000 between March 2013 and December 2015, when she did accounts payable work for the school district and was part of the board of education, according to court documents. She was fired from the board in August 2016 after school officials were made aware of the fraudulent activity.
School officials were first made aware of the fraudulent activity after finding an irregular purchase made using funds from a special education federal grant, a warrant for her arrest said. The purchase, which was done by Bourlogiannis, included a laptop, a Chromebook, a laptop sleeve and a home cinema projector.
An audit of the school funds turned up a number of checks made out to someone who was known to Bourlogiannis, the warrant stated. This person did not know her name was being used for Bourlogiannis to siphon money from the school district to herself.
As part of her probation, Bourlogiannis must pay upfront $17,000 of $40,000, the amount agreed upon by the defense and the complainant, the Town of Plainville, in restitution. She then must make incremental payments on the remaining $23,000 during her probation.
Boulogiannis must also write a letter of apology to the Plainville school system community, and the Town of Plainville, hold no finance employment and provide financial documents to probation upon request, as part of her probation, ordered by Judge Maureen Keegan.