BILLERICA — A Middlesex Sheriff’s corrections officer accused of stealing more than $6,000 from inmates’ personal accounts was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court Monday.
Ronald Moloney, 50, of Peabody, was charged with larceny over $1,200 and filing a false report by a public employee.
The defendant allegedly issued 93 debit cards and handled another eight issued by another staff person with the stolen funds, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a news release. He is accused of targeting the dormant accounts of released inmates.
The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Internal Investigations Unit discovered the alleged larceny, then referred the investigation to the DA.
In June 2019, an inmate who had been moved from the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction to another correctional facility requested the transfer of his personal money, also called canteen money.
Upon review, it was determined that Moloney had refunded the money through the issuance of a debit card, and that it had already been spent, the news release states.
Moloney allegedly wrote a report claiming that he mistakenly credited the money to a debit card for another inmate. A subsequent investigation revealed that the report was false, according to the release.
Superior Court Justice Rosemary Connolly ordered Moloney’s release on personal recognizance, and that he stay away from potential witnesses including some Middlesex Sheriff’s Department employees.
The defendant was ordered to return to court on Jan. 17 for a pretrial hearing.
Moloney has been suspended without pay from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.