SOUTHINGTON — A local woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling over $400,000 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. On Tuesday, she appeared in New Britain Superior Court and pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree larceny.
She is scheduled to be sentenced on April 11.
Wells was treasurer of the Southington Lacrosse Association from 2010 to 2016. In her role, she was the only person who used the association debit card and the only one authorized to access the association’s bank account, according to an 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.
When confronted with the financial documents totaling the losses to the business and association, Wells told police “she was living beyond her means,” the warrant said. Wells said she has been working for the engineering company “for free” to start paying some of the money back.