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War Monument Renovation Delayed By Alleged Embezzlement

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WINSTED, Conn. (AP) _ Winsted will likely put on hold plans to renovate a Civil War monument after the town’s finance director has been accused of emptying a fund earmarked for reconstruction.

The Republican-American reports  that former finance director Henry Centrella is accused of draining an account to pay a Water and Sewer Commission bond. Among funds discovered missing was $100,000 from the Soldiers’ Monument Commission.

Commission members had raised the money in donations toward a $500,000 restoration project.

Police allege Centrella stole at least $2 million and possibly as much as $7 million from town accounts and shuffled the books to cover his tracks.

Centrella, who’s in jail, faces five counts of larceny.

He has pleaded not guilty.

The commission wants to install a roof, seal cracks in the walls, replace windows and the flagpole.
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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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