July 17, 2024

Crime

Thomas Coulombe is accused of submitting false and inflated reimbursement requests and allegedly stealing funds from three non-profit fireplace associations.

Former Ware Hearth Chief Thomas Coulombe was indicted by a Hampshire County grand jury for allegedly embezzling greater than $28,000 from the city and three regional fireplace associations, in response to an announcement from the Massachusetts Workplace of the Inspector Basic (OIG).

Coulombe shall be charged with 4 counts of larceny over $1,200, the OIG stated Friday. 

The investigation of Coulombe started on account of an nameless tip, in response to officers.

Coulombe was the Ware fireplace chief from 2002 to 2019. The indictment alleges that between 2014 and 2019, he submitted false reimbursement requests for altered receipts. The OIG stated that consequently, Coulombe allegedly stole greater than $3,700 from the city of Ware. 

Throughout his time as fireplace chief, Coulombe additionally served because the treasurer of three regional non-profit fireplace associations. Between 2013 and 2020, Coulombe allegedly embezzled greater than $24,000 from the associations whereas serving as treasurer, in response to officers. 

The OIG stated the findings of the investigation have been shared with the Northwestern District Legal professional’s Workplace, which referred the matter to the Worcester District Legal professional’s Workplace to “keep away from the looks of a battle of curiosity.”

No arraignment date for Coulombe has been set, in response to officers.