Fmr. Director of Mason Square Vets Center Indicted on Theft Charges
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A grand jury has indicted the former director of a local veteran’s outreach center on charges that he allegedly stole tens of thousands of dollars.
53-year-old Christopher Adam Scott of Springfield is being charged with two counts of larceny over $250 and procurement fund, following an indictment handed up Tuesday.
Scott served as the executive director of the Mason Square Veteran’s Outreach Center from when it opened to 2006 until it closed in February 2012.
The center provided counseling, benefits, and health information for local veterans.
In his role at the center, the Mass. Attorney General’s office says that Scott was to prepare financial documents, pay bills, and find funding sources, as well has having signing authority on the center’s bank accounts.
The A.G.’s office alleges that Scott stole more than half – about $17,000 – of federal funds the center was awarded through a community development block grant in 2010, so that the center could eliminate some barriers in the facility to allow for better handicapped access.
An investigation found that Scott allegedly “submitted falsified, materially-altered, and duplicate receipts to the City’s Community Development Office pursuant to that grant,” according to a statement from the Attorney General’s office.
Less than half of the $31,000 grant ended up actually used on the project and it’s alleged that Scott used the rest for his own personal benefit.
Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley says, “We allege that this defendant abused his position at this charity to steal tens of thousands of dollars for his own personal use. We allege the money he stole was intended to be used for the benefit of veterans who have risked their lives to protect our county and our freedom.”
It was then discovered that Scott allegedly stole more than $20,000 over his six years at the center by making cash withdrawals, checks written for cash, and unauthorized loans against the center’s bank accounts.
Scott is set to be arraigned at a later date in Hampden County Superior Court.