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Bibo Morris Pleads Not Guilty To Embezzlement Charges

Prosecutors say Roy Patterson blew the whistle on alleged theft by former Parks and Recreation business manager.

Lauren Bibo Morris, the former business manager for the was arraigned Wednesday on larceny charges in connection with an alleged pattern of theft from the town’s recreation center.

Morris, 30, of Tewksbury was arraigned in Lowell District Court on two counts of larceny over $250.  Lowell District Court Judge Elizabeth Cremens released Morris on personal recognizance with conditions to stay away from and have no contact with witnesses or Tewksbury town employees.

“This defendant, Lauren Morris, allegedly violated her position of authority within the town of Tewksbury and stole funds intended for the town’s youth who could have benefited from the center,” said District Attorney Gerry Leone.  “We fully intend to hold the defendants accountable for their actions, which showed a disregard for the public service they were hired to do.”

Morris handled registration and finances for the Parks and Recreation Department.

after then Parks and Recreation Director Roy Patterson reported to Town Manager Richard Montuori a discrepancy in deposits for the recreation center.

The investigation made by Tewksbury families for their children’s program registration.  From May 1 to Sept. 15, 2010, there were no cash deposits into the recreation department’s accounts despite cash payments from parents.

It is also alleged that Morris stole additional cash from families who made cash payments for daily lunches, field trips, and other fees associated with the summer recreation programs.  According to investigators, Morris allegedly set up a payroll account in the name of a family member, and collected and cashed 11 paychecks without the family member having any knowledge or ever working for the town.  and used the money to fund a prescription drug habit.

  Patterson is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 20 on charges of larceny under $250 and violating the municipal employees’ conflict-of-interest law.

Patterson allegedly added hours to employee paychecks and took the cash difference to pay other employees, including his son, a violation of state ethics laws.

 The Assistant District Attorney assigned to the case is Rachel Perlman.  The Victim Witness Advocate is Amanda Zacchilli.

 

Susie Q September 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM
LMAO isn't that the truth Hungry Hippo I do have to say that Patterson is as guilty as Lauren I am sure he was in on the whole thing.
TewksTownie September 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM
There were plenty of people that were given free food, that probably amounted to thousands of dollars. It's unfortunate but as far as I'm aware, there were no records really of the food given out
dodie September 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Here is the Lowell Sun Article with her pic included. http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_21533011/not-guilty-plea-tewksbury-rec-center-theft
Karyn September 20, 2012 at 06:20 PM
From today's Lowell Sun: Former Tewksbury rec boss pleads not guilty to larceny charge The Lowell Sun Updated: 09/20/2012 12:50:18 PM EDT LOWELL -- The former head of the now defunct Tewksbury Recreation Center was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to charges in connection with the mishandling and mismanagement of the center's funds. In Lowell District Court on Thursday, it took less than a minute for Roy Patterson, ex-Town Recreation Director, to plead not guilty to larceny under $250 and violation of the conflict-of-interest law. His next court date is a pretrial conference on Nov. 13. Judge Thomas Brennan order Patterson to stay away and have no contact with Tewksbury town employees. Co-defendant Lauren Bibo Morris was arraigned last week on two counts of larceny over $250 for the alleged theft of more than $50,000 in center funds for 2009 and 2010. She was also released on personal recognizance. Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_21590961/former-tewksbury-rec-boss-pleads-not-guilty-larceny#ixzz2720dtlsc
JoeC October 02, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Have they turned on eachother to save themselves?

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