Rhode Island State Police arrested 53-year-old Joyce Tager, a former collections clerk for the city of Central Falls’ municipal court, after its Office of Accounts Payable discovered several fund transfers were missing. The government worker was entering her seventh year as an employee of the state. Tager is accused of transferring over $13,000 to herself while working as the head of the Central Falls’ accounts receivable department.
The city’s mayor, James Diossa, was appreciative of the State Police department’s quick work in addressing the embezzlement case.
“I was made aware of the issue as soon as my staff discovered it, and we called the State Police immediately,” he said. “I want to thank the State Police for their prompt response and continuing assistance with this ongoing investigation.”
The Associated Press notes Tager may have embezzled more money than was first reported by the State Police, and authorities are continuing to dig through available information. The initial accounts payable audit lasted a year and a half, from July 2011 to this past December. A second recovery audit will be started over the coming months.