Ex-Derry public works employee intends to admit to $12k theft
BRENTWOOD — A former Derry public works employee intends to plead guilty to charges that he stole approximately $12,713 in cash from the town’s transfer station.
Daniel Hagerty, 74, of Derry is facing up to 7 ½ to 15 years in state prison after being indicted on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. The thefts happened between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, indictments say.
Hagerty’s intent to plead guilty became public on Tuesday after the court set a plea-and-sentencing hearing for his case.
A judge will be left to decide how much time Hagerty may spend behind bars when he appears in Rockingham County Superior Court on June 5 to enter his guilty plea.
Town officials first learned of discrepancies in the Transfer Station’s computer system in June 2013. An audit had revealed there were 16 deleted transactions of residents who had their vehicles weighed at the transfer station to dispose of items, according to court records.
Public Works Director Mike Fowler and Derry police Detective Brian French reviewed surveillance footage of the Transfer Station scale house during the time period of May 30, 2013 to June 12, 2013.
They “observed town employee Daniel Hagerty taking money on numerous occasions and putting it in his wallet,” French said in a sworn police affidavit.
Hagerty met with police last July 1 and “admitted to stealing cash from the transfer station beginning in June 2012,” police said.
“Daniel stated that he would manipulate the cash register by clearing it out at the end of the day to reflect a $0 balance,” French said in the affidavit. “Daniel would then input sales into the register at one time to reflect some of the business conducted throughout the day. Daniel would then take the cash, between $50 and $100 a day, up to three times a week.”
Hagerty would then delete “tickets” registered in the computer that were issued to people who used the Transfer Station so he could “balance out the register,” police said.
A forensic examination of the Transfer Station’s computer revealed that 1,800 tickets had been “purged” or deleted between Jan. 4, 2011, and June 25, 2013, according to the police affidavit.
Fowler was able to run a grand total report on the transfer station’s cash register to help determine the amount of the theft, police said.