NORTH SMITHFIELD – A Blackstone woman who had access to the company’s payroll has been charged with embezzling money from a North Smithfield-based fencing business.

Jaimie Constantineau, 28 of Blackstone was charged by the North Smithfield Police Department with felony embezzlement/fraud after allegedly altering the paycheck issued by her former employer, Lynch Fence, for several months.

A member of the family that owns the Victory Highway business reportedly called police last month to say that one of the company’s employees had been embezzling funds since March.

“From 3/8/19 to 8/9/19, Constantineau had been changing her rate of pay, ranging from $14 an hour to $18 an hour,” notes the arrest report. “Over time, Constantineau had over paid herself by $1,543.”

The reporting party told police that the only people with access to the payroll were the owner, his son, and Constantineau. He stated that Constantineau had asked for a raise in the past, but the request was denied and that when she was told why she was being fired, she tried to grab all documentation that would have proven her guilt.

The documents reportedly had been saved to a computer and were regenerated.

Constantineau was asked to visit the station and after questioning, eventually admitted to the crime. She is scheduled to appear in 3rd District court on Thursday, Oct. 10.

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