Barnstable Grand Jury indicts former Orleans PD clerk on larceny charges

Eastham woman accused of stealing over $90,000 from town funds
Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today, that a former Orleans Police Department clerk has been indicted by a Barnstable Grand Jury--accused of stealing over $90,000 from town accounts.  Anne M. Reynolds, 60, of Eastham, was indicted on four counts of larceny (over $250) and four counts of making false entries in corporate books.

Reynolds was the clerk for the Orleans Police Department and the secretary and treasurer of the Orleans Police Relief Association.

Suspicions of theft were initially reported to the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office by the Orleans Police Department. State Police assigned to the DA's office conducted a preliminary investigation, then turned the matter over to the Public Integrity Division of the AG's Office.

Reynold's worked as a civilian clerk for the police department for over 20 years, according to the AG's Office. Between January 2007 and March 2012, it is alleged that Reynolds stole approximately $92,000 from Orleans Police Relief Association (OPRA) accounts by making cash withdrawals and writing unauthorized checks to herself, cash and third parties to pay personal expenses.

As Reynold's withdrew money from the OPRA accounts, she also diverted more than $20,000 worth of fee payments to the town into the OPRA accounts. By March 2012, according to authorities, she had emptied the OPRA accounts including the money funneled into the accounts from town funds.  Among Reynold's duties, she was responsible for collecting and recording certain town fees paid by the public to the Orleans Police Department.

In addition to siphoning funds, authorities allege that Reynold's falsified reports she presented to the OPRA Board of Directors to cover her tracks.

“She allegedly stole thousands of dollars from the Town of Orleans and from the relief association, which provides important services to police officers and their families,” said Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Reynolds will be arraigned in Barnstable Superior Court at a later date.

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