Ex-Plaistow finance director indicted on theft charge
BRENTWOOD — Plaistow’s former finance director has been indicted on a felony theft charge for allegedly overpaying herself more than $20,000, according to prosecutors.
Janet Gallant, 52, of Koper Lane in Pelham, is facing a felony theft by unauthorized taking charge for allegedly siphoning the money from town coffers between May 10, 2012, and Nov. 1, 2012, according to an indictment.
A grand jury returned the charge against her in Rockingham County Superior Court earlier this month, according to court records.
Gallant has pleaded not guilty, and remains free on bail.
She is scheduled to appear later this month for arraignment in superior court.
Plaistow police arrested Gallant in December following a months-long investigation. Police were called in to examine suspicious payroll transactions. Gallant was fired on Sept. 4. Town officials then hired an outside accounting firm to audit Gallant’s work.
The audit concluded that Gallant had allegedly overpaid herself on several occasions, totaling more than $20,000, police said.
Gallant was hired in Plaistow in April 2011, after having worked in Pelham as finance director between 2005 and 2010, according to town officials.
In Pelham, she resigned from her post as part of a mutual agreement with the town in 2010, town officials said. She faces no charges for taking money in Pelham.
Plaistow town officials have said previously that they had identified some concerns about Gallant’s work at the end of 2012.
The accounting firm was hired in January to examine Gallant making unauthorized electronic payments, officials said. She has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $50,000 personal recognizance bail.
The theft charge is a Class A felony, punishable by up to 7½ to 15 years in state prison. Town officials say they should be covered by insurance for the theft, but hope to recover as much money as possible.