For Immediate Release
May 26, 2010
Attorney James Vara
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald announce today that Holly Wheatley, 37, of Pembroke was convicted and sentenced in the Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord today on eight counts of Forgery and fourteen counts of Theft by Unauthorized Taking.
In September of 2009, Ms. Wheatley was indicted by the Merrimack County Grand Jury on nine counts of Forgery and fourteen counts of Theft by Unauthorized Taking. The charges were the result of an extensive investigation by the Attorney General's Office into Wheatley's activities while working as a program specialist for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program within the Department of Resource and Economic Development. The investigation showed that Ms. Wheatley altered checks belonging to the State of New Hampshire by adding her name to each check before depositing them at her own bank for her own use.
On Wednesday, Ms. Wheatley was sentenced to serve six to thirty years at the New Hampshire State Prison on the Forgery convictions. In addition, she was ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $23,485.54 to the State of New Hampshire on May 26, 2010.
On the Theft by Unauthorized Taking convictions, Ms. Wheatley was sentenced to seven and a half to fifteen years at the New Hampshire State Prison, all suspended on the condition of Ms. Wheatley's good behavior for a period of ten years upon release from the Forgery convictions.
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney said: "Those who enter public service take on a public trust to perform their duties lawfully and in the public's interest. My Office will continue to vigorously prosecute anyone who violates that trust by using their public position for personal gain through criminal activity."
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