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Brookfield embezzlement plea hearing continued

February 28, 2019

DANBURY — The plea hearing of a woman accused of embezzling money from a Brookfield PTO was continued from Thursday to March 27 at Danbury Superior Court.

Monica Bevilacqua, 39, of Brookfield, was arrested in December and charged with embezzling $12,700 from a Brookfield parent-teacher organization (PTO) over two years.

She is accused of taking money from the Center Elementary School PTO’s account through a series of checks and more than 180 personal orders charged to the organization’s credit card.

The PTO is a private organization that doesn’t receive any public funding from the town of Brookfield or its schools.

Police began investigating last August after concerns were raised about irregularities in the PTO’s financial records.

Bevilacqua served as the PTO’s treasurer from November 2016 to July 2018.

According to police, Bevilacqua had written 11 checks to herself or to “cash,” and forged another person’s signature on three of them.

Police also found that she had used the PTO’s credit card to make 139 Amazon purchases, 24 DoorDash purchases and 19 other merchant purchases.

In addition to one count of second-degree larceny, Bevilacqua is facing one count of illegal use of a credit card and three counts of second-degree forgery.

Bevilacqua’s attorney, Gene Zingaro, has said that his client plans to pay full restitution to the PTO accounts and wants to “make this right.”