City Treasury Clerk Arrested For Fraud

City Officials allege Michelle Giguere stole up to $7,000 from City Treasury office.

A clerk of seven years at the Woonsocket City Treasury Office was arrested today for Unlawful Appropriation (over $1,000) and Computer Access for Fraudulent Purposes. City officials allege that Michelle Giguere, 41, of 59 Bradley St., stole more than $7,000 from city coffers during her time at City Hall. She was terminated from the position on Tuesday.

Giguere turned herself in on an arrest warrant at the Woonsocket Police station around 7:30 a.m. this morning. The warrant was obtained after a lengthy investigation by the Woonsocket Police Detective Division, which is still on-going.

As a result of various financial and management controls implemented by the current administration, the finance department identified suspicious activity which prompted the review of various cash transactions going back to at least early 2009.

According to Det. Lt. Eugene Jalette, officials at City Hall conducted their own investigation after noticing discrepancies in many of the transactions Giguere handled.

"People would come in to pay their quarterly taxes, water bills and things of that nature and she manipulated the computer system to show different balances," Jalette said. "She used her authority to commit fraud."

City Officials notified police of the suspicious transactions by Giguere, resulting in the warrant.  The investigation by police detectives continues with city financial officials alleging that, over said period of time, Giguere stole over $7,000 from the City Treasury Division.  

Giguere was processed at the Woonsocket Police Station. She was later brought to District Court in Providence for arraignment.

Uncle Ben September 10, 2011 at 11:05 AM
Michelle, find out who her Boyfriend is then look him up, and you'll see1 or many reasons why she could have been manipulated. then get back to me on this please. Thanks.
Uncle Ben September 10, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Ok Pal i'm glad you said " world " and not City. or I would have commented further on this. Thanks...
New to Woonsocket September 10, 2011 at 12:02 PM
I don't know the woman, but it says arrested, alleged....not convicted. Just because she turned herself in doesn't make her guilty. You all have here hung down by the river. There could be a logical answer to how about $1,000+ a year since 2009 has disappeared. Maybe she gave discounts if you brought in a coffee....who knows if its cash in her pocket or discounts on the bills. It's too bad, but anyone looking for a job?
metal mover September 10, 2011 at 12:02 PM
considering who she is in a relationship with i'm gonna say he put her up to it for his drug habits...some people value trash in there life more than there own life..sad thing
Uncle Ben September 10, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Termination before guilt is a Lawsuit, careful Woonsocket !!!
HJ September 10, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Even though Ms Giguere is guilty, we'll all have to suffer the consequences of her actions, because she'll start getting 99 weeks of unemployment. Nice job, ma'am.
Jeff Belknap September 10, 2011 at 06:11 PM
This is actually very sad and stupid. Sad if only this person was desperate for cash.Stupid for too many reasons to list to think in this day and age that even though supposedly it's been ongoing since 2009 that she would not be caught. No excuses ,just foolishness or that nobody would ever confront her on this.
Uncle Ben September 10, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Pay attention and read, I see allege, or maybe im reading wrong. She wasn't found guilty, HoJo...
matt maini September 10, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Another fine person of woonsocket
ok pal September 10, 2011 at 11:19 PM
i love how my comment got deleted. zero criticism for woonsocket or the people who run it are tolerated here. this is not bipartisan unbiased journalism. this accomplished professional "sandy" wouldnt dare let anybody have a negative thing to say about the city of woonsocket, heaven forbid, because then she'd never get a quote or a story from another politician as long as she continued her long and storied career here at the illustrious patch newsblog. a true journalist would use this as a forum to delve deep into public concern regarding the misappropriation of municipal resources, not support such heinous activity just to ensure her own job security. this aint the school paper anymore, hun. where is your objectiveness, and where is my right to freedom of speech? if you people weren't so defensive you'd see that i'm right and i have the city and its citizens best interest at heart. i mean you have to blind to think woonsocket is in good shape.
Uncle Ben September 11, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Grow up HoJo. anybody that has an opinion about someones looks is a big ZERO so go back in the mirror where you have competition.
Jay Keith September 11, 2011 at 07:09 AM
@ Ok Pal. The whole "free speech" argument is layin it on a little thick don't ya think? Fact is my friend, you ain't protected by any such right on a private website. Sure it's public, but you ain't payin for it nor are you responsible for the content. Therefore, your right to free speech, as protected by the United States constitution, IS NULL AND VOID when someone of better judgement deletes a dumb post. Did you swear in your post? Did you use vile and unfriendly verbiage? Did you state something as fact and cleary it was conjecture?
Sandy Phaneuf September 11, 2011 at 08:44 AM
ok pal, Please correct me if I'm wrong: of the nearly 20 comments you have left, with vitriol language critical of everything from public officials and private residents, to me and the website itself, the only comment I have removed was a particularly useless and nasty exchange between you and one of my writers. You're accusations of bias are not based in reality. Regardless of your opinion of how a "true" journalist should behave or which stories you personally feel are worthy of coverage, I will simply continue to report the news. Perhaps you should consider starting your own website, where you can skewer and insult as many people as you'd like without the need for it to actually meet the basic requirement of truth. You and others with little to offer the reading audience can head there and let this website be what it is meant to be: a positive resource for the community which enhances the lives of its readers. For some reason I get the feeling you will instead remain here, arguing with anyone willing to take the bait. Jay Keith is correct and I suggest you study the term censorship: as a private, for-profit entity, this site has the right to remove any comments that violate its terms of use.
Sandy Phaneuf September 11, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Before someone else points it out, small typo above: I meant "vitriolic."
Oliver Ra September 11, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Looks intelligent?? Don't think so!!! Obviously not very, in any case.
Uncle Ben September 11, 2011 at 03:48 PM
oh, I thought the comment was deleted because there was an advertisment for a local restaraunt, I wont use the name, because then I'd be doing the same.
ok pal September 11, 2011 at 04:11 PM
i feel bad you dont even possess the cognitive deductive reasoning ability to separate mild objective criticism in hopes of awakening the masses for the greater good, from personal attacks. this type of behavior on your behalf just further perpetuates exactly what i've been saying all along. as for freedom of speech, this has nothing to do with legal rights. it was just a mere suggestion on protocol that has become the norm among the best of the best in print journalism today. this type of moderation would never fly in the big leagues. take a look at how the wall street journal runs their comment section, or at least the providence journal. i will continue to let my voice be heard and you can continue to feel to delete them. at the end of the day i'm laughing because my world doesn't start and stop with this disgusting sewage nosed city, nor this glorified online valley breeze and unfortunately for you, this is the extent of your very limited world. you think i would get some sort of appreciation around here for trying to educate you people on how the rest of the world works, but as the old saying goes, ignorance is bliss.
Uncle Ben September 11, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Its not Some thing are better left unsaid, in this case its Some people are better off Unknown,
Corina September 11, 2011 at 07:30 PM
"trying to educate you people"?, ok pal, you need to educate yourself with proper English.
Caitlin Woods September 12, 2011 at 12:15 AM
I have to give ok pal points for not actually using the word "sheeple." However, this is about as far as my willingness to praise anything in his posts goes.
STEPHEN WEBER September 12, 2011 at 10:38 AM
"Sheeple" I'll admit, I've never heard the word before in my life and I had to look it up ... HA HA HA "That's kinda funny!!!! "
Jack Van Delft September 12, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Knowing how this city operates, this person will probably be able to collect a pension as other less-than-honorable former employess are currently doing.
RonW September 12, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Maybe she'll run for mayor.
Horris Grimmwal September 24, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Insider, People she quit , when she was onfronted with it.
Dean P September 25, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Now lets hear all about your Perfect Family, You know alot about theirs, I bet you analize more about someone else than yourself. I'm sure when you get caught doing whatever it is your doing to break the law, then we can all bash your family.
Dean P September 25, 2011 at 12:32 AM
Run Horris Run New name ? guess your afraid you might get figured out. Jerk
Jean-Paul Paquette September 25, 2011 at 12:32 AM
This coming from Dean P., the same guy who bashed Vinos'.....Dude you're nothing but a hypocrite!
Dean P September 25, 2011 at 12:42 AM
Sorry you feel that way, but these are 2 different stories and different circumstances, This is a Family, Vinos is a Bar. but your definetly entitled to an opinon.
Spring Street January 03, 2012 at 09:30 AM
Hopkinton X Police Chief John Scuncio left abruptly months ago! He is being sued by the former bldg inspt : Charles Mauti in Federal court . The trial is around the corner Jan. Friday the 13th their having a mediation ! But the trial ill still go forward Mauti has waited five yrs due to the fact HPD dragged on & on not producing documents ordered by the Federal Judge Smith. Now The New Federal Judge McConnell has the case. Wait & see what comes out ! Shocking abuse by Scuncio upon many. Officer David Whewell complained about citizen's rights violated ,serious wrong doings at station. He was placed on leave since scuncio's gone Whewell's back with a settlement ! Newspaper says a New Chief Is in Palmer a Trouble Shooter ,knows how to organize a troubled dept !
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