Saturday, September 17, 2011

No contest plea in Cumberland computer theft case in Rhode Island


No contest plea in computer theft case

The former information technology director for the Cumberland School Department pleaded no contest Friday to embezzlement and conspiracy charges involving the theft of school computers that were sold to unsuspecting colleagues.
Robert Legacy, 54, of 63 Lincoln Park Ave., Cranston, who was suspended when the thefts were discovered in 2009, entered the plea before Superior Court Magistrate William McAtee. Legacy’s son, Kevin, 22, of the same address, pleaded no contest to charges of conspiracy and felony larceny.
McAtee handed down five-year suspended sentences. He also ordered that the father and son pay restitution to the individuals who unknowingly purchased the computers.
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin said the stolen computers will be returned to the school district. He said in a news release that the plea was agreed to after consultation with the School Department.
Kilmartin declared that the prosecution had been prepared to prove that over the course of several months in 2009, Robert Legacy knowingly stole 30 new computers, and gave them to his son, an information technology employee at Cumberland High School.
The computers were later sold to a number of individuals, including a custodian, secretaries, an accountant, an elementary school principal, the high school athletics director, a high school student and the School Department’s financial manager

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