Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 1, 2011

WEB UPDATE: Former Andover water treatment plant worker indicted for larceny

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A former Andover water treatment plant worker has been indicted, charged with filing false claims for hours worked, working for another company while on town time and committing larceny worth more than $250.

Cynthia Vaughn, 48, of West Newbury, will be arraigned within the next two weeks in Salem Superior Cour, the district attorney's office confirmed Friday afternoon.

Spokesman Steve O'Connell declined to comment on whether there could be more indictments or whether the investigation into criminal misconduct at Andover's water treatment plant is still ongoing.

In part, Vaughn is alleged to have operated a business known as Chemical Consultants "involving compensation of substantial value by performing services for the municipality of Amesbury" while being paid to perform duties for Andover.

HISTORY

In June 2010, a report of alleged improprieties by at least one employee of the Andover water treatment plant on Lowell Street led to an investigation run by the Andover Police Department and the district attorney.

Selectmen entered a closed-door session on June 21 "to discuss possible charges of criminal misconduct and the filing of criminal complaints," Selectman Mary Lyman said that night. In a statement two days later, Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski said he initiated an internal investigation following "a report of alleged improprieties."

John Pollano, longtime superintendent of the plant, retired from his position effective June 30. Pollano, who is in his 60s, had been hired Dec. 7, 1981, according to the town's human resources department.

Public Works Director Jack Petkus, Pollano's boss, originally planned to retire in December 2010, but bumped the date up to Aug. 13 during the summer. He said the decision had nothing to do with the investigation. Assistant Town Manager Steve Bucuzzo had to assume oversight of the water treatment plant until an interim director could be hired.

A subpoena had been issued on the morning of Dec. 22 to Vaughn, who worked at the water treatment plant as a water resource compliance specialist, until her termination by the town in August 2010.

She will be prosecuted by Essex assistant district attorney John "Jack" Dawley.

For more on this story, see the April 7 print edition of the Andover Townsman.

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