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Two charged in connection with stealing more than $600,000 from peter pan bus company.

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Attorney General Maura Healey announced a former employee at Peter Pan Bus Company and the owner of a tour company have been charged in connection with stealing more than $600,000 through a larceny scheme.

 

Leonard Rottenberg, age 67, of Charlestown, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court on the charges of Larceny Over $250 by Scheme.

 

Julie Katz, age 56, of Chestnut Hill, was charged with Receiving Stolen Property Over $250 and will be arraigned at a later date.

 

 Attorney General Maura Healey said, “We allege these defendants have been working together for years to steal more than half a million dollars by cutting personal checks and authorizing fraudulent invoices,”

She also states, “Our office will continue to prosecute those who abuse their positions for their own financial gain.”

 

In April of 2015, her office began an investigation after a referral from Peter Pan.

Peter Pan provided charter bus services to a tour company, TourMappers North America, LLC, d/b/a TourMappers, which is owned by Katz.

As Director of Operations for Peter Pan’s Chelsea Division during that time frame, Rottenberg was responsible for providing the company’s charter service and for collecting the money owed to Peter Pan from its customers – such as TourMappers.

Between 2009 and 2014, the services provided by Peter Pan to TourMappers totaled more than $1 million, of which the defendants allegedly stole nearly $600,000.

 

Starting in 2009, Rottenberg allegedly asked Katz to make payments to him personally rather than directly to Peter Pan. Rottenberg received a number of checks that he would issue to his personal account to Katz in return, from TourMappers, totaling more than $550,000. After receiving payments from TourMappers, Rottenberg issued checks from , totaling more than $200,000.

Rottenberg allegedly manipulated Peter Pan’s accounting records and misapplied other funds to conceal the missing payments from his company.

 

In a separate scheme between the defendants during that time frame, Rottenberg presented and approved fraudulent invoices to Peter Pan in the name of TourMappers, for fraudulent services including translators and hospitality personnel that were not provided. Investigators allege that Katz and Rottenberg also shared the proceeds from this scheme through the exchange of payments resulting in the loss of close to $50,000 to Peter Pan.

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