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Former St. John's CFO convicted of stealing from school

Posted by Sean Teehan  February 7, 2011 07:07 PM

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A Salem Superior Court judge sentenced the former financial chief of St. John's Preparatory School to five years probation after convicting him of stealing more than $80,000 from the school.

Brian Dalphonse, 41, of Manchester, N.H. today pleaded guilty to four counts of larceny over $250 and three counts of false entry into corporate books, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's office.

“The defendant has admitted to violating the trust bestowed upon him as the chief financial officer of St. John's Prep,” Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone, Jr. said in a statement.

After Dalphonse left his post in 2009, the school conducted an audit, said Jessica Venezia Pastore, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office.

"They did an audit in the fall of 2009 after the CFO resigned his position," Venezia Pastore said in a telephone interview this evening. St. John's conducts an audit each time a CFO leaves the school, she said.

The audit turned up discrepancies from between 2006 and 2008, amounting to about $81,842.21 stolen from the private, non-profit Danvers school, according to a statement released by the District Attorney's office.

Dalphonse used the money to make payments on motor vehicles, write checks to another individual, and buy personal items, the statement said.

In 2007, according to the statement, Dalphonse paid off a vehicle's remaining balance of $31,629.62 by sending a St. John’s Preparatory School check to AmeriCredit.  Dalphonse altered corporate records by entering the debt as "Ameritrade," and listing the usage as van transportation, the statement says.

Dalphonse also wrote checks to another individual, who was not charged, amounting to about $13,000, according to the statement.

Several personal purchases were also charged to St. John's, the statement says. A smartphone, repairs to Dalphonse's personal car, and other purchases in 2008 added up to about $2,150.90.

After noticing the discrepancies, officials from St. John's contacted the Middlesex District Attorney's office, Venezia said.

Dalphonse is also responsible for paying back the money Judge Jack Lu convicted him of stealing, according to the District Attorney office's statement. $60,000 of that money is due in within 60 days.

Dalphonse referred a Boston.com reporter's request for comment to his attorney, William Christie, last night. Christie could not be reached for comment.

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