Lunch Ladies Arrested After Scamming $500K From School

Joanne Pascarelli and Marie Wilson, two sisters who also worked as lunch ladies at Saxe Middle School in Connecticut, have been arrested for allegedly stealing $478,588 from their school in a massive scam.

By austind03 on August 16, 2018
Lunch Ladies, Joanne Pascarelli, Marie Wilson, Saxe Middle School, Connecticut
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Two sisters who also worked as lunch ladies at Saxe Middle School in Connecticut are in serious trouble…

According to New Canaan News, police arrested 61-year-old Joanne Pascarelli and 67-year-old Marie Wilson for stealing $478,588 from the school they worked at.

FOX 61 reported that to get all this money, the pair allegedly skimmed money from the registers during their shifts. However, it wasn’t until the system implemented a new system that officials realized a lot of money was missing. On top of that, authorities believe the pair had been running their scam for 15 years or more. Unfortunately, due to the statue of limitations, they had to limit their investigation to the time between 2012 to 2017.

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Despite the allegations, both women deny taking any money from Saxe Middle School. Mark Sherman, the attorney for Wilson, said in a statement:

“There is much more to this story. Marie is innocent and did not personally divert a single nickel of town money for personal gain. She is not going to be scapegoated for the missing money.”

Pascarelli also said in an interview with police that she doesn’t know how the money disappeared, but she would “never take money.” Both women resigned from the school last year around the same time Board of Education started looking into the missing money.

Both Joanne Pascarelli and Marie Wilson are facing charges of larceny and defrauding a public community. They also both posted a $50,000 bond for bail.

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