Elizabeth Walsh pleads guilty to embezzling $11,000 from Hadley Mothers’ Club
NORTHAMPTON — Elizabeth Walsh, the 47-year-old former treasurer of the Hadley Mothers’ Club, pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling $11,000 from the group.
Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup sentenced Walsh to five years’ probation.
This is the second time in about a month that Walsh, of 4 Highland Circle, Hadley, has pleaded guilty to stealing money from organizations for which she worked.
Both sets of thefts began in 2006, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.
Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jayme Parent, who prosecuted both cases, said Walsh was implicated in the case when she tried to repay the $11,000. Parent said two deposits made into the club’s account were traced back to Walsh.
Walsh attempted to cover up the thefts by giving false financial reports to the club’s executive board, according to court files.
The organization raised money to support activities for Hadley public school students, according to the district attorney’s office.
Walsh pleaded guilty in December to larceny over $250 for stealing about $112,000 from the Amherst-Pelham Education Association. She received a suspended jail sentence of 2 years.
While on probation, Walsh must seek and maintain employment, aside from any job that would put her in a position of handling money, and must attend any counseling the Probation Department deems appropriate.
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