ORLEANS, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A former Orleans Police Department clerk pleaded guilty to stealing a combined total of approximately $92,000 from the local police relief fund and the town, authorities said.
Anne M. Reynolds, 60, of Eastham pleaded guilty Tuesday to four charges of larceny over $250 and making false entries in corporate books. Reynolds, who also formerly served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Orleans Police Relief Association (OPRA), was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison with one year to serve and the balance suspended for a probationary period of four years.
A judge also ordered Reynolds pay full restitution to the tune of $92,608.
The Orleans Police Dept. reported the matter to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office who conducted an investigation along with Mass. State Police.
Investigators found that from January 2007 to March 2012, Reynolds stole approximately $92,000 from OPRA bank accounts by making cash withdrawals and writing unauthorized checks to herself.
The investigation also revealed that at the same time Reynolds was stealing from OPRA's accounts, she was diverting fee payments received by the Orleans Police Dept. and intended for the town into OPRA's accounts.
By March 2012, Reynolds had depleted all of the funds in OPRA's accounts, including the money that belonged to the Town of Orleans.
Reynolds also falsified reports to conceal her theft.
Reynolds will report to court Aug. 9 to begin serving her sentence.