Ex-court official charged in bail theft case

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A longtime assistant court clerk will soon be arraigned in court himself for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in bail money.

According to a news release sent to 22News by the state Attorney General’s office, a criminal complaint has been issued against William Eason, 61, of Springfield.

Eason, who had been an assistant clerk at Hampden Superior Court for more than 26 years, is now facing two counts each of larceny over $250 and using an official position to secure an unwarranted privilege.

Prosecutors allege that during a period between September of 2011 and June of 2012, Eason, who was authorized to set and collect bail, had taken some of the money for his own personal use. He allegedly returned the money when he was able to do so.

But from June of 2012 until February of 2013, prosecutors allege that Eason continued to steal bail money, but by this point, he usually wasn’t putting it back. He is alleged to have taken a total of more than $10,800.

The Attorney General’s office says that Eason was able to keep the scheme hidden by paying money that was due back to defendants with recently-collected bail.

“He was entrusted with bail money, and we allege he violated that trust by continually taking the money, and attempting to conceal his actions,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said.

Eason resigned as an assistant clerk in February of 2013.

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