The Block Island Times

New Shoreham woman arrested on larceny charge

Sara Sprague worked for her father
Jul 02, 2014

A New Shoreham woman was arrested on July 1 and charged for the alleged larceny of over $185,000 from her former employer.

Sara Sprague Turenne, 32, was charged with larceny over $1,500 and forgery. She worked as a bookkeeper for an excavation and concrete supply company, Sprague Farm Inc., which is owned by her father, Joe Sprague.

Turenne was responsible for billing and payroll. According to a press release issued by the State Police, Sprague filed a complaint, and the Rhode Island State Police Financial Crimes Unit investigation that followed resulted in an arrest warrant.

The warrant alleged that, between 2009 and 2013, Turenne took advantage of her position and issued 92 unauthorized business checks made payable to herself. The checks, which Turenne either cashed or deposited into her personal bank account, totaled $187,249.29.

Joseph Sprague, when asked about the amount, said that he was told by the state police that this figure represented checks that were cashed, and not electronic transactions.

Turenne was arraigned at the Fourth Division District Court before the Honorable Associate Judge Joseph T. Houlihan Jr. on the aforementioned charges. She was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court on August 12 for a pre-arraignment conference.

If convicted, Turenne faces up to 10 years of imprisonment and/or a $5,000 fine for the felony larceny charge. The penalty for forgery is 10 years of imprisonment and/or a $1,000 fine.

When asked about his reaction, Sprague said he was "disappointed" in his daughter.

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