EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 16, 2013

Former Londonderry church employee indicted

By Doug Ireland
direland@eagletribune.com

---- — BRENTWOOD — The former director of a nursery school at a Londonderry church has been indicted after allegedly embezzling about $18,000.

Lisa Wallace, 42, of Wakefield, Mass., was recently indicted on a theft charge by a Rockingham Superior Court grand jury. Wallace is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court on Oct. 24.

Wallace is charged with stealing the money during the four years she worked at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, police said. She was employed at the church from September 2008 to June 2012.

The Diocese of Manchester contacted police in April after learning the money was missing, according to Londonderry police Lt. Ryan Kearney.

Wallace resigned from her job in June 2012, but no one from the diocese or church would comment on her arrest or resignation. She turned herself in to police this spring.

“She was in charge of the books there, so it kind of went under the radar,” Kearney said.

Wallace used the church’s automated teller card to withdraw money on numerous occasions, Kearney has said. She made purchases in several New Hampshire and Massachusetts communities, he said.

Wallace spent the money on personal items, including $1,576 at a nail salon, clothing store and Dunkin’ Donuts in Londonderry.

If convicted, Wallace faces three and a half to seven years in prison, according to the indictment.