Central Falls clerk charged with embezzlement

Feb 6, 2013

State police have charged a Central Falls clerk with embezzlement. The clerk in the finance office is charged with taking thousands of dollars in fines collected by the city’s Municipal Court.

The city’s finance director noticed discrepancies, did an audit, and discovered that over a period of time a total of $13,620 in cash and checks were transferred to collections clerk Joyce Tager but never deposited into the city’s bank account.

Central Falls’ mayor and the receiver’s office alerted state police, who say Tager admitted to destroying records associated with the transfers then converting the money to personal use.

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa calls this an unfortunate event, “not going to tolerate this type of activity, we need to get past this and there’s better days to come.”

Tager has been charged with one count of embezzlement. The investigation continues to see if more money is missing.

Tager had worked in the Central Falls finance office since 2006. She was arraigned and released on $5,000 personal recognizance.

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