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Massachusetts Housing Authority director accused of theft

According to news reports, the executive director of the Stoughton Housing Authority was arraigned on Jan. 5 on charges of larceny from a building, larceny of over $250 from someone older than 60 and theft of a controlled substance. He was also charged with breaking and entering. The charges, which are all felonies, stem from allegations that he stole medication from an elderly resident.

Investigators claim that the 90-year-old victim had an opiate pain pill prescription filled in December 2014. The prescription was for 120 pills, and the woman reportedly took just one each day. Two days later, a family member counted the number of pills remaining and counted 61 instead of 118. After installing video surveillance, the family contacted police and an investigation was launched. This led to the man being taken into custody on Jan. 2.

The man was released on conditional bail. As part of the conditions of bail, the man may not do any work at Stoughton Housing Authority or with the elderly at all and remain drug and alcohol free. There was no word as to who was running the Stoughton Housing Authority following the removal of the accused executive director, who was suspended without pay pending the results of the criminal investigation.

Individuals facing criminal charges may wish to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney may be able to help dispute the charges in court, which may lead to charges being dropped or the defendant being acquitted by a jury. One such defense may be to argue that witness testimony was inaccurate or unreliable.

Source: Stoughton Patch, "Stoughton Housing Authority Executive Director Suspended Without Pay," Daniel Libon, Jan. 21, 2015

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