FRAMINGHAM – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced in a press release that Denise Ezekiel, 50, of Holbrook, pleaded guilty today, June 25, in Framingham District Court to one count of larceny over $250 in connection with the misappropriation of approximately $23,000 in Massachusetts State Police payroll funds through her position as the agency’s payroll director.
Judge Michael Fabbri sentenced the defendant to 2 1/2years of probation and ordered her to pay full restitution, to perform 100 hours of community service, to show proof of employment, to undergo a comprehensive evaluation within 30 days and to comply with any recommended follow up.
On November 1, 2017, Massachusetts State Police began investigating the misappropriation of Massachusetts State Police payroll funds after a financial discrepancy was discovered during a report query run on October 30, 2017.
A further examination of payroll records revealed Ezekiel had been receiving unauthorized fund transfers to her personal bank accounts in the form of travel/training reimbursements.
The subsequent investigation revealed that there were no supporting documents for the reimbursements and that the payment transfers occurred on various bi-weekly pay periods beginning July 23, 2016 through October 28, 2017.
Computer generated payroll records also revealed 29 separate entries for travel/training reimbursements which were paid to Ezekiel’s automatic deposit/personal bank accounts.
These payments varied in amounts from $500 to $950 and were paid to Ms. Ezekiel through her department employee account.
Charges were filed against Ezekiel on March 6, 2018.
The prosecutors assigned to this case were Assistant District Attorneys Doug Cannon and Mary F.P. O’Neill.
Today’s plea was handled by Assistant District Attorney Wendi