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Mashantucket Pequot employee facing second-degree larceny charge

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A woman who worked as an administrator in the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe’s public works department is facing a second-degree larceny charge for alleged stealing more than $21,000 from the tribe.

Billie Vacca, 70, of Stonington, was arrested on a warrant obtained earlier this year by the tribal police department and in March pleaded not guilty in New London Superior Court. A virtual pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, tribal public works officials alerted tribal police to the discovery of receipts, uncashed checks and cash in Vacca’s desk at the department, where she was responsible for taking orders and payments for the sale of firewood to tribal members. Some of the uncashed checks date to 2009, an administrator told police.

The discovery of missing money was made in May 2020, some two months after Vacca had been furloughed from her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the affidavit.

Vacca began working for the tribe in 1996.

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