FORMER DIRECTOR OF WATERBURY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT, FRAUD AND TAX CHARGES
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROBERT GENERALI, 52, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to one count of theft from a program receiving federal funds, one count of wire fraud, and one count of subscribing a false tax return. GENERALI is the former Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in his role as Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury, GENERALI had primary, day-to-day responsibilities for managing the Club’s finances. From January 2007 through May 2011, GENERALI embezzled from the Club by using the Club’s funds to pay for unauthorized, personal expenses. As part of the scheme, GENERALI used the Club’s funds to pay for personal expenses he charged to a credit card that he established in the Club’s name. Also, in 2007, GENERALI established an unauthorized “off-the-books” bank account, funded with approximately $30,000 in Club funds. Beginning in 2010, GENERALI drew upon those funds to pay for personal expenses. As part of the scheme, GENERALI authorized the issuance of checks to “phantom” employees, which checks were drawn from the Club’s funds and that GENERALI then negotiated for his own unauthorized use.
As part of his plea, GENERALI admitted to stealing in excess of $10,000 from the Club in every year from 2007 through 2010. According to statements made in court, the Government estimates that, as a result of GENERALI’s theft, the Club has suffered more than $470,000 in losses.
GENERALI also filed federal tax returns that failed to account for the embezzled income for the 2007 through 2010 tax years. In pleading guilty to one count of subscribing a false tax return, GENERALI admitted that, in April 2009, he filed an individual income tax return on which his adjusted gross income for the year 2008 failed to include embezzled income, as well as gambling winnings from a Super Bowl betting pool. As a result of his filing of false tax returns over a four-year period, GENERALI defrauded the United States Treasury of more than $100,000.
Judge Bryant has scheduled sentencing for May 15, 2012, at which time GENERALI faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 33 years.
GENERALI has been released on a $100,000 bond since his arrest on September 13, 2011.
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury has received federal grant monies under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and a grant awarded by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher M. Mattei and Eric J. Glover.
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