States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|April 8, 2010||
FORMER MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT PHARMACY EMPLOYEE IS SENTENCED
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DEIDRE ECCLESTON, 44, of New London, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, the first six months of which ECCLESTON must serve in home confinement, for embezzling more than $40,000 from the Mashantucket Pequot Pharmacy. On November 5, 2009, ECCLESTON pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from an Indian Tribal organization.
According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately July 2006 to January 2009, ECCLESTON was employed as an administrative assistant at the Mashantucket Pequot Pharmacy, which is located adjacent to the Foxwoods Casino. ECCLESTON’s responsibilities at the pharmacy included collecting and depositing cash and checks received by the pharmacy. In short, a pharmacy technician would turn over to ECCLESTON the cash and checks collected over the course of the business day and ECCLESTON would maintain the funds in her locked filing cabinet until they could be accounted for and delivered to the armored courier service for deposit with the organization’s bank.
ECCLESTON has admitted that, beginning in approximately March 2007, she began depositing only the checks she had received and embezzled $41,256 in cash that was entrusted to her care.
As part of her sentence, Judge Arterton ordered ECCLESTON to pay full restitution to the Tribe.
This matter was investigated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul H. McConnell.
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