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Lawrence court clerk is arrested a 2d time

Stole over $2m, prosecutors say

By Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / December 3, 2009

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A Lawrence court clerk facing charges of stealing thousands of dollars from the Probation Department was arrested again last night, after investigators determined she actually stole more than $2 million, according to Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.

Marie Morey, a 38-year-old accounting clerk from Lawrence, was arrested at her home at about 9 p.m. She faces new charges of larceny over $250 and of filing or publishing a false written report by a public employee. She was held overnight at the State Police barracks in Danvers and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Essex Superior Court in Salem.

Morey was already facing larceny charges in the theft of $6,350 from the Lawrence District Court through her job as an accounting clerk in the court’s Probation Department. She had been released on bail after her arrest in September.

But investigators suspected that much more money was missing, Blodgett said in a statement. An investigation was conducted by auditors with the state Administrative Office of the Trial Court, as well as State Police Sergeant Barry Brodette, who is attached to Blodgett’s office.

Prosecutors allege that Morey stole a total of $2,037,725.21. She was indicted by a grand jury yesterday.

Blodgett’s office would not say how the money was stolen, nor would they detail the period of time the alleged theft occurred, saying more information will be released at Morey’s arraignment today.

If convicted, Morey faces up to five years in state prison.

Her attorneys could not be reached for comment last night.

Milton Valencia can be reached at mvalencia@globe.com.