Not guilty plea for Agawam cop accused of stealing $10,000+ from union

45-year-old Gary Nardi of Ludlow was indicted earlier this month

Gary Nardi
Agawam Police Officer Gary Nardi's court appearance January 26, 2017.

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – An Agawam Police Officer has pleaded not guilty to allegedly stealing more than $10,000 from his union, the Agawam Police Patrolman’s Association.

45 year-old Gary Nardi of Ludlow was indicted earlier this month on three counts of larceny. He has been on paid administrative leave since an investigation by Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office started in May of 2016.

Agawam Police Officer charged in connection with stealing more than $10,000

Healey said Nardi, who was serving as the union’s treasurer from 2011 to 2016, allegedly used three different schemes to steal money. He allegedly stole cash through unauthorized transactions at the ATM, allegedly paid his own bills using union money without authorization, and allegedly wrote checks to himself from the union’s bank account without authorization.

“We allege that this police officer abused his position as union treasurer by stealing funds in order to pay his personal bills,” Healey said in a release sent to 22News. “We will prosecute those who abuse their position of trust for personal profit.”

Nardi is free on his own recognizance, but was ordered to turn in his passport to his lawyer, Attorney Charles Dolan. He was also ordered to not have contact with three members of the union. Those names were announced in Hampden Superior Court Thursday morning as: Michael DeCarroll, Mark Poggi, and Larry Hoage.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 26, 2017.