Massachusetts school official pleads guilty to embezzlement

35-year-old Hoey stole the money while working for the Northborough-Southborough School District

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The former budget officer at a Massachusetts public school district has been sentenced to two years in jail for stealing more than $380,000 in school funds to feed his drug addiction.

Christopher Hoey, of Stow, was also sentenced to three years of probation this week after pleading guilty to larceny charges. A charge of embezzlement by a public official was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Prosecutors say the 35-year-old Hoey stole the money while working for the Northborough-Southborough School District.

Hoey told investigators that most of the money was used to support an addiction to Percocet and cocaine, with a small amount going to personal expenses.

School officials said the district was fully reimbursed by its insurance providers.