By WCVB | October 16, 2019
REVERE, Mass. — The former president of a nonprofit was indicted in connection with an embezzlement scheme in which she stole thousands of dollars from the organization for personal use, Attorney General Maura Healey said.
Michelle DeMauro, 48, of Revere, was indicted Monday by a Suffolk County grand jury on two counts of larceny over $1,200 by single scheme, tax evasion, failure to collect or pay tax, keep records or supply information and two counts of obtaining a signature under false pretenses.
“Very bad bookkeeping. Very, very bad bookkeeping,” she said of the allegations after her arraignment Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court.
Healey’s office said between March 2016 and April 2019, DeMauro used her position as president of Revere League for Special Needs to embezzle more than $42,000 in charitable funds that she used for personal expenses, including home improvement projects, electronics, concert tickets, cash withdrawals and gift cards.
Healey’s office also said DeMauro made some personal purchases using the charity’s tax-exempt status to avoid paying sales tax to the state.
“I don’t even know where they got $42,000. That’s a made up number,” DeMauro said outside court on Wednesday.
The Revere League for Special Needs is an organization that aims to “promote the general welfare of children and adults with special needs in the home, church, school or community,” Healey’s office said.
All staff of the Revere League are volunteers who donate their time to hold events and activities for members of the organization and do not receive any compensation for their work.
The Revere League’s other board members fully cooperated and assisted with the investigation, Healey’s office said.
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