Former Museum Business Manager Sentenced for Wire Fraud
BOSTON – The former business manager of a local museum was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Worcester for embezzling funds from the museum that employed her.
Jennifer Delorey McNamara, 36, of Clinton, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 20 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $754,000. In April 2018, McNamara pleaded guilty to wire fraud.
McNamara began working for the Museum of Russian Icons on a part-time basis in mid-2010. In 2012, the Museum promoted McNamara to full-time Business Manager. From approximately 2012 through October 2015, McNamara embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Museum by, amongst other means, failing to deposit cash received by the Museum into the Museum bank account and by repeatedly issuing unauthorized payments to herself from the Museum and depositing those payments into her personal account.
The Museum referred the matter to federal authorities when it became aware of the scope of McNamara’s theft and cooperated with federal investigators throughout the resulting investigation.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg A. Friedholm, Chief of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office, prosecuted the case.