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Rehoboth board member accused of stealing hundreds of thousands from town

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By: Alexandra Cowley

A top board member for a public access channel in Rehoboth is accused of writing himself a check for more than a hundred thousand dollars. 77–year–old Ed Schagrin pleaded not guilty in Fall River Superior Court to 4 felony counts of larceny.

Rehoboth police say the former vice president on the board for RePac, cut himself a check for 117 thousand dollars, paid for with tax dollars.

Lt. James Trombetta of the Rehoboth police department says this is huge win for the town and the result of a years long investigation.

"At the point that the town terminated the contract with RePac, both the monies and equipment were stolen and that's what were here in court to address,"said Trombetta.

Schagrin's defense attorney, Kenneth Fredette, says his client was owed the money.

"His position is he earned it, this is his money, hundreds upon thousands of hours not paid," said Fredette.

Problem is, Schagrin works in a volunteer position. Schagrin told ABC 6 his actions were taken from the instruction of the organizations lawyer.

He was released on five thousand dollars cash bail. The town has been able to get back most of the money.

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