Contractor accused of stealing $30,000 during job at church

| November 25, 2009

An East Boston man who was paid $10,000 to conduct masonry work on a Winthrop church ended up skipping out on the job and stole more than $20,000 while he was there, prosecutors allege.

Michael Bocchino, 50, the owner of Bocchino Masonry, is accused of larceny over $250, larceny under $250, and uttering a false check for the alleged theft from the Holy Rosary Church in Winthrop.

He entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment on Nov. 18 in East Boston Municipal Court, and was released on $1,000 surety.

The case was continued to Dec. 21.

Bocchino was hired in late 2008 to perform work on the parish building on Shirley Street, but never finished the job.

And while church officials were reviewing finances, they noticed that several checks were missing and were cashed in East Boston.

An investigation by Winthrop and East Boston police led to Bocchino, who is accused of having some of the checks cashed under his name and the names of some of his employees.

In all, Bocchino is accused of stealing more than $30,000.

District Attorney Daniel F. Conley called the theft an unfortunate example of a contractor using his job as a scam to swindle a client

“Targeting a church for this scam – and apparently going so far as to steal checks – is just appalling,’’ he said.

Bocchino and his attorney, Janet MacNab could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Terry Donilon, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston, said, “The archdiocese is working with authorities to seek an appropriate resolution to the matter. We appreciate the efforts of local law enforcement and the district attorney’s office.

“In addition, we extend our prayers and support to the parish, which has been impacted by this sad breach of trust,’’ he said.

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