Former North Providence Superintendent arrested
NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A former North Providence School Superintendent has been arraigned on felony embezzlement and fraud charges.
Bridget Morisseau, who stepped down as Superintendent for North Providence Schools after a year on the job in July of 2018, has been arrested in connection with her improper use of a School Department credit card.
Morisseau turned herself into police this morning and was silent as she left court after being released on $10,000 personal recognizance.
“It didn’t sit well with me so I can imagine it didn’t sit well with the taxpayers of this town as well,” says Colonel David Tikoian.
Police started their investigation last August after an independent audit. According to the affidavit, Morisseau’s personal spending started pretty much right after she took the job in July of 2017.
The mayor and his chief of staff say the school committee dropped the ball choosing her.
“She wasn’t our first choice. I think they should’ve done more of a background check on her, that was his feeling that they didn’t do their due diligence,” says Dick Fossa, Mayor Lombardi’s Chief of Staff.
She spent at least $12,000 on hotel stays, airfare and Amazon purchases and so far has not paid restitution.
“Whatever that number is, we hope to get that back for the taxpayers,” says Fossa.
The affidavit says several people including the schools former financial director, John McNamee, were aware of the spending. Morisseau gave excuses but never made an effort to pay back the town. For now McNamee is not being investigated but more people could be charged.
“Cases like this, I wouldn’t consider them closed until its adjudicated in court,” says Tikoian.
Morisseau sent 3 checks to the school committee in September. Two of them were written incorrectly and none have been cashed. Police would not comment on why.
Morisseau will be back in court in June.
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