PLAINVILLE – A former Board of Education employee who embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the school system is expected to be sentenced to probation next month.
Maria Bourlogiannis, 61, accepted a plea bargain in May and was initially expected to be sentenced during a hearing Friday in Bristol Superior Court. Her attorney, Norman Pattis, filed a motion to have her sentencing delayed until Aug. 15. She is free on a $50,000 non-surety bond.
According to court documents, Bourlogiannis in May pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree larceny. In exchange, 10 counts of second-degree forgery are expected to be dropped.
Court papers said the deal involved a prison sentence of five years, suspended, and five years of probation. As part of the deal, Bourlogiannis will be ordered to pay $40,000 of restitution to the town of Plainville. She must pay $17,000 of the total restitution at her sentencing, court papers said.
According to court documents, Bourlogiannis, when she did accounts payable work for the school district and was part of the board of education, embezzled more than $40,000 between March 2013 and December 2015. She was fired from the board in August 2016 after school officials were made aware of the fraudulent activity.
Police said Bourlogiannis forged numerous documents with the intent to defraud the Plainville Board of Education.
According to the warrant, school officials were first made aware of the fraudulent activity after finding an irregular purchase made using funds from a special education federal grant. The purchase, which was done by Bourlogiannis, included a laptop, a Chromebook, a laptop sleeve and a home cinema projector, according to the arrest warrant.
According to the warrant, an audit of the school funds turned up a number of checks that were made out to someone who was known to Bourlogiannis. This person did not know her name was being used for Bourlogiannis to siphon money from the school district to herself, the warrant said.