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July 8, 2020
 
Ex-Treasurer of Newton PTO Council Pleads Guilty to Theft
March 14, 2020 — The former treasurer of the Newton Parent Teacher Organization Council, a nonprofit that serves as an umbrella organization for 21 Parent Teacher Organizations in Newton, pleaded guilty to more than two dozen charges, including stealing more than $14,000 from the council, Attorney General Maura Healey announced yesterday.

Rebeca Craig, 37, of Boston, pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to presentation of false claims (11 counts), making a false statement to the tax commissioner (11 counts), submitting a false insurance claim (3 counts), forgery (1 count), and larceny over $250 (2 counts), according to the AG's office.

She was sentenced by Judge Robert Tochka to a year and a half in the House of Corrections, followed by two years of probation with several requirements including that she pay restitution and perform community service, the AG's office reported.

According to the AG's office, from 2014 through 2019, Craig engaged in various fraudulent schemes and thefts. Several of her alleged schemes involved the submission of falsified or altered documents in support of insurance claims. Craig also allegedly submitted falsified tax returns, resulting in her receipt of tax refunds totaling $13,208 to which she was not entitled.

Craig, who served as treasurer for the Newton Parent Teacher Organization Council from 2013 to 2014, reportedly funneled $14,593 from the organization to her own personal accounts.

After being indicted by a statewide grand jury last March, Craig was arrested and arraigned in August.

Last August, the AG's office alleged that Craig submitted falsified tax returns, resulting in her receipt of tax refunds totaling $11,318, to which she was not entitled.

The case was referred to the AG’s office by the Massachusetts Insurance Fraud Bureau.
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