A Barnstable County Grand Jury indicted two former employees of the Buzzards Bay Water District on larceny charges Friday. According to a release from the Attorney General's Office, the former treasurer and a former technician have been been accused of stealing $200,000 from the agency.
Both 35-year-old Caitin Rochleau of Forestdale and 28-year-old John Ethier of Buzzards Bay, were charged with one of larceny over $250.
The Attorney General's Office began an investigation in June 2015 based on a referral from the Inspector General's Office.
Rochleau, according to the release, worked at the water district as the treasure and clerk. Her position gave her access to the agency's finances and vault. She was responsible for the agency's budget, payroll and weekly finances. Authorities allege that Rochleau wrote checks payable to herself and Ethier to the tune of $198,000. Ethier was employed at the Buzzards Bay Water District operating and maintaining pumping and other equipment between January 2013 and July 2015.
Authorities further allege that Ethier and Rochleau used the nearly $200,000 to purchase Percocet. The money was stolen between April 2014 and June 2015, the release said. The investigation was conducted by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office and Michelle Silva, the Attorney General's Financial Investigations Division Investigator. Assistant Attorney General Erika Anderson will prosecute the case, according to the release.
Both Ethier and Rochleau will be arraigned in Barnstable County Superior Court at a later date.
"Our office will continue to hold accountable public employees who exploit their positions and defy the public's trust," said Attorney General Maura Healey.