Tiverton Woman Ordered to Pay Back New Bedford Employer She Stole From for Years
A 56-year-old Tiverton woman who defrauded her employer for six years must pay $600,00 in restitution, potentially the highest amount ordered in Bristol County history, District Attorney Tom Quinn said in a news release.
Nadine Santos pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court last week to 14 counts of larceny over $1,200. Santos, who had no prior criminal record, was sentenced to one year of home confinement with GPS monitoring and two years of probation.
Of the money she was ordered to pay her former employer, $550,000 was due immediately and the other $50,000 by the end of her probation.
Santos was also ordered to surrender her passport.
Santos worked as an office manager at a New Bedford law firm for 16 years until she was fired in 2020. She had access to the firm's finances, paying bills and handling payroll.
From 2014 to early 2020, Santos used firm funds to pay personal debts on her and her husband’s credit cards, totaling just over $700,000, Quinn's office said. She also paid herself unauthorized extra payroll just under $200,000, and used money to pay off her auto loan.
“This defendant significantly breached the trust placed in her by repeatedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a small business owner," Quinn said in a statement. "This is the most restitution paid in a larceny case that I can recall during my time in the district attorney’s office."
The case was overseen by Assistant District Attorney Michael Scott, head of the Financial Crimes and Elder Fraud Unit.