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Springfield teacher sentenced for stealing thousands from school store

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Ann Berry, 55, of Springfield, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered her to perform 240 hours of community service. (MassLive) Ann Berry, 55, of Springfield, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered her to perform 240 hours of community service. (MassLive)
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

A former Springfield school employee was found guilty of stealing more than $16,000 from a Springfield school.

The Attorney General's Office said in 2010 Ann Berry, 55, of Springfield, misappropriated funds by taking profits from the Putnam Vocational school store, which she ran.

After a three-day bench trial in Hampden District Court, Judge Mark Mason found Berry guilty of larceny by scheme over $250.

Mason sentenced Berry to three years of probation and ordered her to perform 240 hours of community service. A restitution hearing will be held on Aug. 12 in Springfield District Court.

"This defendant exploited her position to steal money that was intended to go to an educational institution and the students it served," Coakley said. "Her actions affected the school and its students, and she has now been found guilty for her unlawful actions."

Berry worked as a teacher and advisor for the Academic Achiever's Club at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical High School, where she ran the school store, Coakley said.

Berry would purchase inventory items to be sold at the school store, like bottled water or snack foods, using her personal credit card or personal bank account. She would then deposit the profits from the school store into her personal bank account. Berry then used those profits for her personal benefit, Coakley said. 

A criminal complaint was filed against Berry in December 2012 and she was arraigned in January 2013 in Springfield District Court where she pleaded not guilty. Her case was then sent to trial.

In a separate scheme that was also revealed as a part of the investigation by the Springfield Office of Internal Audits at Putnam Vocational, Sherry Suber, 46, stole more than $14,000 from the school. In July 2013, Suber admitted to sufficient facts on the charge of larceny by scheme over $250 and was ordered to pay more than $14,000 in restitution, according to Coakley.

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