SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A former teacher at the Roger Putnam Vocational Technical High School in Springfield has been found guilty of stealing from the school.
A Springfield District Court judge found Ann Berry guilty of larceny of more than $250 on Tuesday.
Berry has a restitution hearing on August 12th. She was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, according to the Hampden County District Court Clerk’s office.
Berry was accused of using her position as adviser for the club that ran the school store, in order to defraud the school.
Prosecutors alleged that Berry used her personal credit card to buy items for the store and then deposited the profits into her personal bank account. Through these actions, she allegedly pocketed more than $16,000.
Attorney General Martha Coakley sent 22News this statement on the trial:
“This defendant exploited her position to steal money that was intended to go to an educational institution and the students it served,” said AG Coakley. “Her actions affected the school and its students, and she has now been found guilty for her unlawful actions.”