Case against Watertown Middle School staffer continued to January

By Laura Paine/staff writer Wicked Local Watertown Posted Dec 09, 2010 @ 03:29 PM WATERTOWN — The case against a Watertown Middle School employee charged with theft and fraud was expected to continue in court today, but it has been postponed until January. The new date for Cardarelli’s status conference hearing is Jan. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at Boston Federal Court before Judge Marianne Bowler. Sharon Cardarelli, 51, of Quincy Avenue, pleaded not guilty in August to charges of federal program fraud and subscribing to false federal income tax returns after allegedly submitting fake time sheets and stealing money from school fundraisers. According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office, between 2004 and 2010, Cardarelli prepared and authorized timesheets for two of her relatives, who worked as substitutes for the Middle School, including hours they did not work. Cardarelli then allegedly deposited the payroll checks into her own bank account. The indictment also alleges that Cardarelli did not report the false timesheets or money deposited from school fundraisers as income on her taxes. The married mother of three adult children was also head coach of the Watertown High School’s softball team until her unexplained resignation in April. If convicted on these charges, Cardarelli faces up to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the federal program fraud charge, and three years imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine per count on the tax fraud charges. She is currently on unpaid leave from the school. At her arraignment in August, Cardarelli told a judge that she has been working as an executive assistant in Waltham. She has been allowed to maintain her employment at the business, which was not specified during the hearing. Laura Paine can be reached at lpaine@cnc.com. Copyright 2010 Watertown TAB & Press. Some rights reserved

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