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Braintree man charged with embezzling $68k from veterans organization

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  August 14, 2013 03:22 PM

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Criminal charges have been filed against a Braintree man accused of stealing over $68,000 from the Boston Veterans Administration Research Institute.

In an indictment issued Aug. 13, a grand jury through the United States District Court District of Massachusetts charged Riccardo D’Orsainville, 48, from Braintree with theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, and fraud and related activity with identification documents.

“He’ll be arraigned at some point, there is no date for that yet, and then discovery and it’s a criminal case,” said Assistant US Attorney Shelbey Wright, who is prosecuting the case. “He will decide if he wants to go to trail or not.”

D’Orsainville’s attorney declined to comment.

The case became public in April, when a complaint listing the charges was filed in US District Court.

According to the indictment filed Tuesday, D’Orsainville, originally from Haiti, was an employee of a temporary staffing agency, and was placed at the Boston Veterans Affairs Research Institute Inc. in August 2011 as an executive assistant.

Among his duties, D’Orsainville was charged to handle and deposit checks the Institute received and record them in a spreadsheet.

Yet in July 2012, D’Orsainville allegedly opened a corporate bank account and forged the signatures of Institute personnel. Between July 2012 and January 2013, the suspect allegedly deposited 20 checks made out to the Institute into the account.

More than $68,000 was deposited, including 18 checks from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and two checks from the US Treasury, prosecutors said.

The complaint also alleges that between July 2012 and January 2013, the suspect withdrew over $60,000 from the account.

D’Orsainville allegedly then opened another bank account in September 2012, again using fraudulently obtained information to do so. He allegedly transferred $5,000 from the first account into the second.

Curiosity was piqued in December 2012 when the Institute received bank notifications concerning the account. Robert Bosken, a special agent with the Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General, started looking into the incident.

In the complaint issued in April, Bosken said that D’Orsainville was convicted previously in both District of Massachusetts and Suffolk Superior Court of similar offenses. Despite his history, he was hired by the organization.

To read more about the allegations, click here.

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