Plea deal reached in case of former Troy official charged with embezzlement

By Meghan Foley Sentinel Staff | Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 12:00 pm

A plea deal has been reached in the case of a former Troy employee accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the town.

According to court documents, Cynthia P. Satas, 63, will plead guilty to a charge of theft by misapplication of property, which is a class A felony.

Her sentencing is scheduled for May 1 in Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene.

Meanwhile, Troy selectmen continue to make progress in getting the town’s office operations back to normal.

Satas served as the town’s administrative assistant to the selectmen for several years, and was also the welfare administrator.

Troy selectmen fired Satas from the administrative assistant position in December on the same day N.H. State Police arrested her.

She also lost her job as the welfare administrator.

Selectmen have hired Alissa Fox as administrative assistant, board Chairman Howard M. Sheats Jr. said Thursday.

Selectmen William T. “Tom” Matson said this morning he believes Fox started in the position on April 13. She also has taken on the duties of the town’s welfare officer, he said.

With the appointment, the hours of operation for the selectmen’s office are now back to the schedule they followed before, he said.

That schedule had the office open Monday through Thursday during the summer, and Monday through Friday during the winter.

Prosecutors allege Satas paid utility bills for her Richmond Road home and for rental properties she owns in Troy and Peterborough using Troy town funds between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 8, 2014.

At the time of her arrest in December 2014, N.H. State Police said they believed at least $15,000 had been stolen from the town because of Satas allegedly misappropriating funds.

Prosecutors also allege she fraudulently used a facsimile of town Treasurer Janet L. McCullough’s signature on or about Dec. 26, 2011, to sign a check.

According to the plea deal, which was filed on April 10, Satas will be sentenced to not more than one year in jail with all but six months of the sentence suspended on conditions of good behavior and compliance with the terms of the sentence for a period of 10 years.

She will pay restitution of up to $24,000, and be charged a maximum amount of $10,000 to put towards the cost of a forensic audit.

She will be put on probation for five years, and will give written and spoken apologies to Troy residents at the time of her sentencing, according to court documents.

She won’t be allowed to work in a fiduciary capacity for any public or private business other than one which she owns for the rest of her life, and she is required to continue to cooperate with authorities, as well as provide any information needed for town officials to fully address the matter.

As part of the plea deal, the two other charges brought against Satas in the case, theft by unauthorized taking — a class A felony — and fraudulent use of a uniform facsimile signature of a public official — a class B felony — will be dismissed permanently by the state.

She pleaded not guilty to the two charges, as well as the count of theft by misapplication of property in January.