A former Newburyport police sergeant has been charged with embezzling money from the Police Relief Association, City Marshal Thomas Howard announced today.

Police allege Alan Maguire, 53, of Salisbury, stole more than $40,000 from the charitable organization while he was an officer between 2008-2013.

“These are serious allegations that involve a police officer taking money away from a charitable organization meant to help other officers in need,” Howard said. “This is a shocking, disappointing betrayal of trust.”

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Maguire was charged with two felonies—one count of larceny over $250 and one count of larceny over $250 by embezzlement.

The Police Relief Association provides scholarships to students, and benefits injured, sick or disabled police officers and the families of police officers who die.

Maguire was an officer from 1983 until September 2013, when he retired. After his retirement, the incoming president of the relief assocation noticed descrepancies in the organization’s funding and notified the city marshal. During the course of the investigation, Maguire was questioned and an audit showed $41,636 was unaccounted for.