Westerly embezzler getting out of prison early, facing Connecticut charge

Cranston, R.I. — A Westerly woman sentenced to five years in prison in 2010 for embezzling more than $500,000 from a charity and a family business will be getting out of prison early.

Louise Distefano, 57, is to be released Tuesday from Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston. She’s getting credit for having spent most of 2009 in prison and for good behavior.

Officials say Distefano will be turned over to Connecticut authorities to face a probation violation charge. She had pleaded no contest in 2005 to stealing $14,000 worth of cash and equipment from North Stonington Elementary School.

Authorities say DiStefano embezzled $500,000 from two former employers — the Turning Pointe horseback riding center for disabled people and Koolco Inc., a heating and air conditioning contractor.

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