By Julie Manganis
---- — DANVERS — The former manager of a Danvers gas station has been charged with stealing more than $60,000 from the business while working there.
Andrew Carcerano, 29, of Lynn, pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony larceny during his arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court, where he appeared in response to a summons.
A prosecutor said the investigation is continuing and that Carcerano is also suspected of stealing more than $33,000 worth of lottery tickets.
Because of that, prosecutor Lars Trautman told a judge, he wanted Carcerano held on bail.
According to a police report, a manager at Nouria Energy, the owner of the Shell station on High Street, contacted them back in October to report that they had discovered money missing during a reconciliation of the books.
The company believes Carcerano was overstating the amount of lottery payouts when he entered the information in the station’s accounting software program, to hide the theft of $63,458.50.
They suspect that he also engaged in fraudulent transactions for more than $3,000 worth of lottery tickets, and that he stole 22 books of scratch tickets, police said in their report.
According to the report, police have spoken to a state Lottery Commission investigator who provided a surveillance image of a man believed to be Carcerano cashing a ticket from one of those books.
Desmond FitzGerald, an attorney hired by Carcerano, said in court that his client is innocent, and that he has requested documents from the company “which we believe will show he’s not responsible for these transactions.”
FitzGerald said his client is the married father of a young child, with strong ties to the community.
After hearing from FitzGerald, Judge Michael Lauranzano denied the prosecution’s request for bail, allowing him to remain free on personal recognizance.
The judge did order Carcerano to stay away from the Shell station where he used to work while the case is pending.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.