NORTH ADAMS -- The second of two women charged with larceny using Northern Berkshire School Union credit cards was ordered to pay $28,026 in restitution on Monday in Northern Berkshire District Court.
Carol A. Fryc's case was continued without a finding for a year, under the condition that her restitution payments are made on time. A continuation without a finding means that the criminal charges will be dropped in September 2013 if the 71-year-old Arnold Place woman stays out of trouble.
Fryc, a former employee of the school union, was fired along with Donna M. Burdick in August 2011.
At that time, it was discovered that the office's Staples and Walmart credit cards had been used for more than $30,000 in fraudulent purchases between 2004 and 2011, the period investigated by Massachusetts State Police.
On July 13, Burdick, 57, of South County Road, Drury, submitted a plea on her charge of larceny over $250 and paid $11,272 in restitution. Burdick was also given probation until July 2013.
Fryc's restitution will be divvied up between the towns served by Northern Berkshire School Union: $10,918 will go to Florida, $2,618 to Savoy, $8,320 to Monroe, and $6,161 to Clarksburg.
The penalty represents a balance between the original requests of the prosecution and defense.
Prosecuting attorney Michael J. Sims had recommended a guilty finding, sentencing to one year in jail with six months served and the
Judge Michael J. Ripps was seated on Fryc's case on Monday.