SPRINGFIELD – The former bookkeeper for a West Springfield business was indicted Thursday by a Hampden County grand jury in connection with the embezzlement of more than a $1 million over a three-year-period bymanipulating the books, according toMassachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
Jeffrey Cinelli, 50, of Montgomery, was indicted on five counts of larceny of more than $250, and four counts of making a false entry into corporate books. He is due to be arraigned on the charges in Hampden Superior Court on March 14.Prosecutors charge that between January 2006 and May 2009, Cinelli, who at the time was the bookkeeper for Massachusetts Fire Technologies Inc., of West Springfield,funneled money from the company’s accounts to pay his own credit card debt, and then altered the books to conceal his actions.
“We allege this defendant abused his position of trust within the company and stole over $1 million for his own personal benefit,” said Attorney General Martha Coakley in a statement.
The state attorney general’s office began investigating Cinelli in August 2012 after the case was referred to them by the office of Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni.
The company originally discovered problems with the books and notified the West Springfield police.
Massachusetts Fire Technologies is a fire-protection company specializing in the sale and service of fire extinguishers and suppression systems.