Manchester woman gets 18 months for scheme bilking boys school of $240G

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CONCORD - A Manchester woman was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for wire fraud, the U.S. Attorneys Office announced on Tuesday.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Katherine Torres, 47, was employed as an office manager for Pine Haven Boys School in Allenstown from 2012 until March 25, 2019. As office manager, Torres was the sole employee responsible for administering payroll. On various occasions, Torres submitted false information to Pine Haven's payroll company, causing direct deposits to be made into her personal bank accounts. In total, Torres received approximately $240,000 through this scheme.

Torres previously pleaded guilty on May 25, 2021.

"This defendant took advantage of her employer's trust to steal a substantial amount of money," said Acting U.S. Attorney John Farley. "This disturbing abuse of trust was a troubling crime that cannot be tolerated. As this case demonstrates, white collar criminals will be caught and will face significant consequences for their unlawful conduct."

"It's difficult to fathom how Katherine Torres could target, prey upon, and systematically rip off a school that cared for boys with behavioral, educational, and emotional issues, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from them, without a second thought. But she did exactly that, and with today's sentence, she has finally been held accountable," said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. "Criminals who prey on, and steal from, our most vulnerable citizens, should know their actions carry real consequences."

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