Windle charged by US Attorney with 15 counts

  Harwich man accused of embezzling $14 million from employer, church
  On left is the $2 million dollar house on Route 28 in Harwich Port which Jeffrey Windle allegedly bought with embezzled funds from his job and his church. On the right is his new, rent-free home at the Plymouth House of Correction near Exit 5 on Route 3 in Plymouth.

Sordid details below, being held at Plymouth House of Corrections

jeffrey_windle_120_203Windle may also have taken between as much as $400,000 from his church, according to an FBI agent's testimony investigating the case.Federal prosecutors have charged a Cape Cod man with embezzling nearly $14 million from his employer, and using much of the cash to buy real estate including a $2 million dollar estate overlooking Wychmere Harbor and another in Placida, Florida valued at $2.5 million as well as pleasure boats and expensive cars.  U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan said Friday a grand jury charged Jeffrey Windle with mail fraud - five counts of wire fraud and another five counts of money laundering.

See the entire indictment as a linked PDF below.

The 41-year-old was arrested on May 2nd, and has since been held in at The Plymouth House of Correction without bail.

Was company's Budget Director, church's treasurer

Prosecutors charged Jeffrey Windle with stealing nearly $14 million from Cambium Learning, a Natick-based provider of education materials for special-needs students. Windle was Cambium's budget director.  The indictment alleges Windle used some of the cash to help pay for his estates both here and in Florida. Other purchases made allegedly with the stolen money included several boats and costly imported automobiles.

As previously reported here (below) he is accused of stealing between $200,000 and $400,000 from his church, the South Dennis Congregational Church, where he was the volunteer treasurer.

List of charges:

  • Counts 1-5:  Mail Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1341):  Maximum punishment of 20 years' imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and three years supervised release.
  • Counts 6-10:  Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1343):  Maximum punishment of 20 years' imprisonment, a fine of $250,00, and three years supervised release.
  • Counts 11-15: Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. § 1957):  Maximum punishment of 10 years' imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and three years supervised release.
  • Read the Windle saga by scrolling to the posts below, and read the official indictment in PDF form here. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on