• Non-profit treasurer from Tewksbury accused of embezzling thousands


    TEWKSBURY (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) The treasurer of a non-profit for special education children is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the organization's bank account.

    Tewksbury Police arrested Lashanta Magnusson, 34, of Tewksbury, on Wednesday after a month-long investigation into her alleged illegal activity. The 34-year-old was the treasurer for a bank account belonging to the Friends of Special Ed Kids, or FOTEK.

    Investigators began looking into Magnusson's withdrawals in mid-September after a board member accused her of using FOTEK funds to pay for her car loan.

    Police claim that Magnusson made over 100 unauthorized withdrawals and electronic purchases between 2010 and 2012. The withdrawals totaled over $5,000.

    Investigators say Magnusson admitted to some of the activity during questioning and admitted to having financial problems.

    Magnusson is charged with association officer embezzlement over $250.

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