Plainville woman accused of stealing $77,000 from condo association

Published on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 21:42
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

STAFF WRITER

PLAINVILLE - A Plainville woman who turned herself in on Tuesday is accused of misappropriating almost $80,000 from a local condo association where she lives and had served as treasurer.

Amy Lausier, 50, of 122 Milford St. Extension, is facing one felony count of first-degree larceny.

According to the arrest warrant, Lausier made numerous cash withdrawals from two bank accounts linked to the Milford Manor Condo Association on Milford Street between May 2013 and May 2017. Police allege $77,279 was misappropriated during that time period.

Additionally, the six-page warrant said, Lausier allegedly did not pay condo association fees for about 10 years, saving herself roughly $30,000. The association also owes the Town of Plainville back taxes, including penalties, because those bills were not paid.

On July 31, a condo association board member reported the alleged embezzlement to police, saying he had started questioning how much the organization’s fees cost about six months earlier.

The member was then given a condo complex expense report from Lausier’s husband, who was at that time the president of the association, and Lausier, who served as treasurer.

The report showed some irregularities, which prompted an emergency meeting among the condo association board members on June 23. At that meeting, an apology letter from Lausier was presented, the warrant said. In the letter, she allegedly admitted to misappropriating the association’s funds and asked for forgiveness.

Also during the meeting, a new president and treasurer were elected. The warrant does not indicate whether Lausier’s husband had anything to do with the missing funds.

According to the police, Lausier’s mother has provided the condo association with a check for $20,000, which was used to partially cover the condo fees the former treasurer had not paid.

On Aug. 30, police went to Lausier’s home and tried to speak with her about the allegations. She was very upset, the warrant said, and told an officer she was in the process of withdrawing money from her 401k to provide to the condo association. She declined to give police a written statement and later told officers she did not wish to do an interview.

According to the warrant, the condo association has filed eviction paperwork against Lausier. Court records indicate she still resides at the complex.

Lausier was arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said she has no criminal history. Bail was set at $10,000, and she was told to be back in court on Oct. 18 to enter a plea.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain, Plainville on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 21:42. Updated: Tuesday, 3 October 2017 21:45.