NEWBURYPORT— Former Newburyport police Sgt. Alan Maguire has been charged with embezzling more than $41,000 from the Police Relief Association fund, Marshal Thomas Howard said yesterday.
Yesterday afternoon charges were filed in Newburyport District Court against Maguire, 53, of Salisbury. He has been charged with two felonies: one count of larceny over $250 and one count of larceny over $250 by embezzlement.
Howard said Maguire will be summonsed to court on the charges.
Contacted yesterday afternoon at his business, Maguire’s Auto Repair on State Street, which he opened with his son last summer, Maguire declined to comment.
Police allege that between 2008 and 2013, while he was an officer in the Newburyport Police Relief Association, Maguire stole more than $40,000 from the private charitable organization, which funds scholarships and gives money to help injured and sick police officers and the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
Over the years, Maguire served as treasurer, vice-president and president of the association, Howard said.
Maguire joined the Newburyport police department in 1983 and retired with the rank of sergeant on Sept. 7, 2013. He was first elected as an officer of the police association in 2006.
After his retirement, the incoming president of the association noticed serious discrepancies in the records and notified Howard, who reached out to Public Integrity Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office for guidance. Howard said he forwarded all of the facts of the case to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett which conducted an audit.
“I asked them to do it, because obviously I wanted it to be independent,” Howard said.
The audit, which took about one month to complete, showed that $41,636 could not be accounted for.
“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 in a statement. “This is a shocking, disappointing betrayal of trust.”