A former bookkeeper for Local 170 Teamsters Federal Credit Union pled not guilty on Oct. 29 to charges of embezzling nearly $160,000 from the credit union. Angela P. Campanile was released on her own recognizance after her arraignment in Worcester Superior Court on three counts each of larceny over $250 and larceny by a bank employee.
Ms. Campanile was indicted last month on charges of stealing $159,615 from the credit union from June 21, 2002, to April 26 of this year. She had worked at the credit union since 1983 and was employed as a bookkeeper/reconciliation manager when the thefts were uncovered, Dist. Attorney John J. Conte said.
Ernest Tusino, chief executive officer of the credit union has said an internal audit in April or May revealed financial discrepancies. An investigation by Detective Kevin Pageau of the Worcester Police Department followed. Mr. Tusino said Ms. Campanile admitted taking the money once the audit revealed it was missing. He said federal National Credit Union Administration Insurance would restore the missing funds, as well as the $35,000 cost of the audit. [Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 10/29/04]