The CT Post reports that school cafeteria workers in New Canaan have been charged in a half-million dollar scam. Two sisters who formerly worked at different school cafeterias within the same school system stole the money over the past five years, according to police.
Joan Pascarelli, 61, and Marie Wilson, 67, surrendered to police after warrants were issued for their arrest. They both face charges of larceny and fraud for the $478,588 they stole from 2012 to 2017. The investigation only spanned five years’ time, but authorities believe the scam may have taken place for nearly 15.
The women resigned last December after being placed on administrative leave when the Board of Education was investigating the possible theft. There were discrepancies in the average daily deposits reported by Pascarelli. From 2013 to 2016, the average was $18 to $33 per day. After new software was installed in 2016, that average went up to $93 per day in 2017. After Pascarelli left the Saxe Middle School, those deposits went up to $183 per day.
In March, Pascarelli told police she didn’t know why there was such a discrepancy in deposits. Wilson told police she gave her boss at the New Canaan High School around $100 for the deposits, but never personally took any money either.
Wilson’s attorney says she will plead not guilty at her arraignment. Pascarelli’s attorney didn’t comment.
Witnesses told police they saw the women take large bills out of the registers between lunch periods.
Both women were released on $50,000 bond.
The school system received $500,000 in reimbursement money after filing a claim with their insurance company.
*Photo credit New Canaan Police Department/AP Photo