An Edgartown man was arraigned last week in Edgartown district court after allegedly stealing more than $50,000 from his employer.
Patrick A. Joyce, 27, was arraigned March 29 on larceny of more than $250 by a single scheme and, in 24 separate cases, 24 counts of forgery of a check and 24 counts of uttering a false check.
According to a police report filed in court, Mr. Joyce was employed as a sound and road manager for Mr. Bennett, who is president of Jerry Bennett Entertainment LLC and band leader of the Sultans of Swing. In February, Mr. Bennett told the Oak Bluffs police that Mr. Joyce had allegedly stolen $50,181 from the company between December 2011 and May 2012.
According to the police report, Mr. Joyce, who was hired in January 2011, had access to company credit and debit cards, company checks and the company accounting system.
The company accountant allegedly noticed suspicious credit card charges, which prompted him to more thoroughly examine charges since Mr. Joyce’s employment began.
According to the police, a large number of suspicious transactions were found in the form of checks payable to Mr. Joyce or credit card transactions that were abnormal or unauthorized. Mr. Joyce allegedly admitted to more than 270 charges that were unauthorized and for his benefit. Mr. Bennett allegedly told police that Mr. Joyce was remorseful and agreed to work off the amount owned, and did so from June to November. According to police, Mr. Joyce stopped returning Mr. Bennett’s calls in early November, with $35,858 allegedly still owed.
Mr. Joyce was released on personal recognizance. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 17.