- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) - A retired Newburyport police sergeant has been charged with embezzling more than $40,000 from the local police charity.

City Marshal Thomas Howard announced Friday that 53-year-old Alan Maguire of Salisbury has been charged with larceny over $250 and larceny by embezzlement. Police said he will be summoned to court at a later date.

The Newburyport Daily News reports Maguire declined to comment on the charges.

Police said the alleged thefts occurred between 2008 and 2013, when Maguire was an officer in the Newburyport Police Relief Association. Police said discrepancies in its accounts were discovered after Maguire retired last year. An Essex district attorney’s audit showed $41,636 couldn’t be accounted for.

The association gives scholarships, and benefits injured, sick and disabled officers, and the families of those killed on duty.

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