The former director of the Revere public library has been indicted on charges that he embezzled at least $200,000 from the city to buy items he kept for himself or that he resold for profit on eBay and other venues.
Robert E. Rice Jr. is due to be arraigned April 1 in Suffolk Superior Court on 21 counts, including three counts of embezzlement by a city officer, and 15 counts of procurement fraud, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.
Prosecutors said the grand jury returned the indictments Tuesday following an exhaustive investigation by Revere police, outside auditors hired by the city, and the New England State Police Information Network.
The investigation began in 2009 when a routine city audit uncovered problems with the library’s books that dated back to 2005.
Rice resigned when first questioned abut the spending in 2009. At the time, city officials said he had worked for the library for 27 years, the last 12 as director.
According to Conley’s office, Rice is charged with buying books, software, DVDs, and “collectible curios” that were paid for with city money. Rice kept some of the items, but also resold some.
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