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May 2, 2013

Laboy looks forward to 'moving on' after paying back $10K to LPS

Ordered to repay $10K to Lawrence schools

METHUEN — A “for sale” signs sets at the driveway entrance to ex-Lawrence School Superintendent Wilfredo T. Laboy’s Colonial style Howe Street home.

Yesterday, the 62-year-old educator who presided over Lawrence Public Schools for nearly a decade before a scandal ruined a once-brilliant career and led to a jail sentence, said he looks forward to future plans, which include finding a new home and “moving on” with his life.

“I’ve lost 40 pounds, I’ve lost my beard and I’m feeling pretty good,” Laboy told a reporter he welcomed into his house. With his “house arrest” ending later this month, he said he will have a chance to explore various options.

But on the advice of his attorney, Scott Gleason of Haverhill, wouldn’t say any more about his future plans or the disposition of his criminal case.

Superior Court Judge Robert Cornetta yesterday ordered Laboy to pay $10,000 to the Lawrence School Department, restitution to the school district he was convicted of defrauding and embezzling from last year. The restitution was based on an agreement reached between the District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office and Gleason.

The amount of restitution was “determined through a review of trial testimony and evidence presented at trial,” according to statement released by Blodgett’s office yesterday afternoon.

“It’s paid in full,” Gleason said in a telephone interview last night.

“Dr. Laboy and the District Attorney’s Office and the school worked toward achieving a number that fairly reflects the restitution to the city. An agreement was reached by all parties and Dr. Laboy was brought in before the judge today (yesterday). The judge OKed it and Dr. Laboy handed him a check,” he said.

Gleason declined to discuss Laboy’s future plans.

“That’s his private life,” he said.

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