Payroll Director Pleads Guilty To Misappropriation Of Funds
Jun 28, 2018 03:23PM
● By Theresa Gilman
DA Marian Ryan
(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.)
FRAMINGHAM – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Denise Ezekiel, 50, of Holbrook, pleaded guilty today in Framingham District Court to one count of larceny over $250 in connection with the misappropriation of approximately $23,000 in Massachusetts State Police payroll funds through her position as the agency’s Payroll Director.
Judge Michael Fabbri sentenced the defendant to two-and-a-half-years of probation and ordered her to pay full restitution, to perform 100 hours of community service, to show proof of employment, to undergo a comprehensive evaluation within 30 daysand to comply with any recommended follow up.
On November 1, 2017, Massachusetts State Police began investigating the misappropriation of Massachusetts State Police payroll funds after a financial discrepancy was discovered during a report query run on October 30, 2017. A further examination of payroll records revealed that Denise Ezekiel had been receiving unauthorized fund transfers to her personal bank accounts in the form of travel/training reimbursements. The subsequent investigation revealed that there were no supporting documents for the reimbursements and that the payment transfers occurred on various bi-weekly pay periods beginning July 23, 2016 through October 28, 2017. Computer generated payroll records also revealed twenty- nine separate entries for travel/training reimbursements which were paid to Ezekiel's automatic deposit/personal bank accounts. These payments varied in amounts from $500.00 to $950.00 and were paid to Ms. Ezekiel through her department employee account.
Charges were filed against Ezekiel on March 6, 2018.
The prosecutors assigned to this case were Assistant District Attorneys Doug Cannon and Mary F.P. O’Neill. Today’s plea was handled by Assistant District Attorney Wendi Safran.
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