Treasurer accused of stealing $10,000 from Henniker PTA seeks to lessen charge
A Henniker woman who has been accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the PTA’s bank account is trying to negotiate her felony charge down to a misdemeanor.
Shannon Lovejoy, 37, was arrested Oct. 29 and charged with embezzlement for allegedly writing unauthorized checks as the treasurer of the Henniker PTA. She appeared yesterday in Hillsboro’s district court.
In a request for an arrest warrant, Detective Michelle Dandeneau wrote that the PTA reported the suspicious checks to the police in mid-October. Lovejoy, who was the treasurer for that group, had written more than 30 unauthorized checks since June, according to an affidavit Dandeneau wrote.
Lovejoy used the money to pay for repairs to her car and to make purchases at stores such as Walmart and Books-A-Million, the affidavit said. The amount of each check ranged from $100 to more than $1,000.
During an interview with Dandeneau about two weeks before her arrest, Lovejoy became emotional and told the detective she had planned to pay back the money, according to the affidavit.
“While I was showing her the checks, Lovejoy requested me to stop and told me she knew what ‘this’ was about and confessed to writing the checks, and having a problem,” Dandeneau wrote.
When she was arrested at the end of Dandeneau’s investigation, Lovejoy was charged with a felony because the money she is accused of stealing totals more than $1,000. At her hearing yesterday, Lovejoy’s attorney, Jeremy Clemans, said she was working with the state to lower the charge to a misdemeanor and make restitution payments.
Lovejoy is due back in court March 11. If her negotiations with the state are not successful, the charge will remain a felony and her case will be moved to superior court.
(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)