Court records detailing the prosecution's case against two former Tewksbury municipal employees reveal allegations of drug addiction and illegal payroll practices.
Former Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Lauren Bibo Morris is accused of embezzling more than $50,000 for department coffers between 2009 and 2010. Morris, who was fired around the time the investigation was announced in December, 2010, faces two counts of larceny over $250.
Former Director Roy Patterson, placed on administrative leave in December 2010 and then fired three months later, is charged with one count of larceny under $250 and violating the state's conflict of interest laws.
According to an article appearing in the Lowell Sun, Morris admitted to police that she took the money to finance $200-a-day Oxycontin habit. Morris is also accused of putting family members on the Parks and Recreation Department payroll for work they never did.
Patterson allegedly used department employees to do personal work for him while on the clock and also forced them to fudge their time card hours to hide the fact that he was paying his son for maintenance work. Patterson's son was not allowed to work for the department because of a criminal record, according to the Sun report.
Both Morris and Patterson have been summonsed to appear in Lowell District Court for arraignment on Sept. 12.