Accused Brookfield embezzler pleads not guilty
DANBURY — A woman accused of embezzling money from a Brookfield PTO has pleaded not guilty to five felonies charges brought against her.
Monica Bevilacqua, 39, of Brookfield, was arrested in December and charged with embezzling $12,700 from a Brookfield parent-teacher organization (PTO) over two years.
She is accused of taking money from the Center Elementary School PTO’s account through a series of checks and more than 180 personal orders charged to the organization’s credit card.
The PTO is a private organization that doesn’t receive any public funding from the town of Brookfield or its schools.
In addition to one count of second-degree larceny, Bevilacqua was charged with one count of illegal use of a credit card and three counts of second-degree forgery.
Her not guilty pleas were entered Feb. 28, according to the Danbury Superior Court clerk’s office.
Police began investigating last August after concerns were raised about irregularities in the PTO’s financial records.
Bevilacqua served as the PTO’s treasurer from November 2016 to July 2018.
According to police, Bevilacqua had written 11 checks to herself or to “cash,” and forged another person’s signature on three of them.
Police also found that she had used the PTO’s credit card to make 139 Amazon purchases, 24 DoorDash purchases and 19 other merchant purchases.
In addition to one count of second-degree larceny, Bevilacqua is charged with one count of illegal use of a credit card and three counts of second-degree forgery.
Bevilacqua’s attorney, Gene Zingaro, has said that his client plans to pay full restitution to the PTO accounts and wants to “make this right.”
Bevilacqua had a March 27 court date at Danbury Superior Court that was continued to April 11 for pretrial, according to the court clerk.