A former East Longmeadow woman was arrested in Virginia on Wednesday for allegedly embezzling funds from a retirement community.
Alice Lacroix, 53, was indicted on eight counts of wire fraud, eight counts of money laundering, and two counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns, according to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz.
Lacroix, who was the manager of Bluebird Estates, a retirement living community in East Longmeadow, allegedly embezzled funds from her employer by stealing rent checks paid by tenants, as well as other checks and property belonging to her employer, Ortiz said.
She created a bank account in Bluebird Estates' name where she would deposit the embezzled funds. Lacroix then made financial transactions that were designed to hide the funds.
Furthermore, the indictment alleges that Lacroix aided and abetted in the filing of false income tax returns.
If convicted, Lacroix could face 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Grant of Ortiz's Springfield office.
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