Grand Jury Indicts Tewksbury Resident For Allegedly Embezzling From Lowell Public Schools
Mar 01, 2019 06:04AM
By Bill Gilman
WOBURN -- A former clerk of the Lowell School Department's Student Activities Fund has been indicted by a grand jury on larceny charges after she allegedly embezzled money from the district.
Karen E. Brekalis, 48, of Tewksbury, was indicted on Feb. 14. She faces charges of larceny over $250 by single scheme, forgery of check and uttering a false check. Brekalis is scheduled to be arraigned on March 7 in Middlesex Superior Court.
Her last day of employment with the school department was Nov. 28, 2018.
Brekalis had been the focus of an investigation where about $50,000 was missing from the general student activities fund, according to The Sun.
In a Dec. 14, 2018 forensic review and analysis of the Lowell School Departments by the financial consulting firm of CliftonLarsonAllen, the report states that "based on our discussions and interviews with various personnel, fraud occurred in the student activity fund during the period November 2017 through July 2018. This matter is currently under investigation by the Lowell Police Department and was not part of our engagement scope.''
The report lists Brekalis as school clerk of the student activity funds.
Brekalis could not be reached for comment.