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Former Revere library director pleads not guilty to scam

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Published on April 6, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk blog

The former director of the Revere Public Library was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court on 21 charges of larceny, fraud and embezzlement for spending city funds on personal items, officials said.

Robert E. Rice Jr., 45 of Rowley, pleaded not guilty to three counts of larceny over $350, three counts of embezzlement by a city officer, and 15 counts of procurement fraud, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement.

The charges come after a two-year investigation into the library’s finances. Rice resigned from the position, which he held for 12 years, after the probe began.

Rice was released on personal recognizance, but he was ordered to surrender his passport and to notify prosecutors if he leaves New England for other parts of the United States.

When searching his home and later his parents’ home, Revere Police found computer software, furniture, diving gear, statues, and other items that Rice had billed to the library, officials said.

In other cases, Rice sold items bought by the city on eBay, Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Goldberger said in the statement.

Rice will return to court June 8.

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April 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

Posted in MetroDesk Blog, The Boston Globe

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