A school district budget officer has been charged with stealing at least $200,000 from his district to allegedly pay for his cocaine and opioid addiction.
Christopher P. Hoey, 34, appeared in Westborough District Court on Thursday to face charges of larceny and embezzlement by a public official, MassLive has reported.
“The school district assisted investigators and a complete forensic audit is underway,” the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office said to MassLive.
Authorities allege that Hole took money from the Northborough-Southborough School District, where he was a budget officer, over the course of several years, WCVB stated in a related report. Police said that Hoey told them that he had a Percocet and cocaine addiction during that time.
The amount Hoey allegedly stole is estimated to be between $200,000 and $400,000, WCVB added, with Judge Vito A. Virzi saying that the amount could be as much as $450,000.
Hoey is being held on $100,000 cash bail, and his case is scheduled to be continued on April 1, according to MassLive.