Former CF city clerk pleads to embezzlement charges

By: Dee DeQuattro

Twitter: @Deedequattro

Email: ddequattro@abc6.com

A woman who was arrested after embezzling $17,000 from Central Falls City Hall has pleaded no contest to the
charges.

54-year-old Joyce Tager was arrested in February of 2013
after Central Falls
City Hall flooded and
during the clean up old checks for municipal fines were found concealed in her
desk.

After an investigation Tager, who was hired in 2005, confessed
to transferring city checks to herself.

Tager pleaded to one count of wrongful conversion by a municipal
employee and was sentence to a three months suspended sentence with six months
to be served on home confinement. The remainder will be served with probation. Tager
paid full restitution of $17,000 on Monday when she made the plea.

More than $10,000 of that money was from Tager's pension fund.
Tager resigned as city clerk just days after her arrest.

“Public corruption can happen at all levels of government,
and will not be tolerated by my office,” said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
“What makes this act more egregious is the financial strain the City of Central Falls was
operating under at the time Ms. Tager lined her pockets with thousands of
dollars that could have been put towards critical city services.”

(C) WLNE-TV 2014