SOUTHINGTON — A local woman was sentenced to just over two years in prison for embezzling almost $500,000 from a youth lacrosse association and her employer.
Courtney Wells, 49, of 38 Cambridge Drive, was charged in 2017 with two counts of first-degree larceny and one count each of second-degree money laundering and first-degree forgery.
She pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree larceny.
On Wednesday in New Britain Superior Court, Wells was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after 25 months, followed by five years probation.
Wells was treasurer of the Southington Lacrosse Association from 2010 to 2016. In her role, she was the only person authorized to use the association’s debit card or to access its bank account, according to her arrest warrant.
Wells was also employed as a part-time bookkeeper at Jones Engineering.
Police sorted through financial documents and discovered Wells embezzled $98,955 from the lacrosse association and $376,099 from Jones Engineering, the warrant said.
Police said funds embezzled from the lacrosse association were used for a concert, hotels and travel expenses, and at restaurants and retail stores.
During an interview with police, Wells said she used money embezzled from her job to pay back money taken from the lacrosse association, according to the warrant. Wells told police she sometimes used the lacrosse association debit card when she didn’t have enough money in her own account.
Wells told police “she was living beyond her means,” the warrant said.
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