SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Warren woman will spend time behind bars after she pleaded guilty to charges that she stole over $80,000 from a Holyoke counseling center.
Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office says that 54-year-old Lauri Lewinski of Warren pleaded guilty Friday to 12 counts of Larceny over $250, 6 counts of false entry in corporate books, forgery, and other charges.
Coakley’s office began an investigation in July 2010 after Holyoke Medical Center contacted her office about larcenies allegedly committed by Lewinski while she was employed as the controller at River Valley Counseling Center, a subsidiary of the medical center.
As controller, Lewinski’s duties included overseeing accounting practices at the center and implementing and monitoring internal financial controls.
The investigation, according the AG’s office, found that between 2005 and 2010, Lewinski stole more than $80,000 using different methods, including issuing a check for over $6,000 to Ford Motor Company to pay off the balance on her personal car.
Lewisnki also used checks and credit cards from the center for personal items, including gas, groceries, and electronics, as well also made false entries and failed to record transactions in the center’s books.
“This defendant used her position to steal tens of thousands of dollars from a non-profit mental health facility for her personal use. These crimes harm both the organizations and the people that they serve,” Coakley says in a statement.
Lewinski was sentenced by Hampden County Superior Court Judge Richard Carey to two-and-a-half years in a state House of Correction. She will serve one year and the remainder will be suspended during a three year probationary period.
Judge Carey also ordered Lewinski to pay $68,304 in restitution.