Former Northborough police officer indicted for stealing from union
The former head of the Northborough Police patrolman’s union has been indicted on a charge he stole more than $25,000 from the union over a three-year period, the Worcester district attorney’s office said on Friday.
Nathan W.S. Fiske Sr., 33, of 318 Holden St., Holden was indicted by a Worcester County grand jury on Thursday on larceny of more than $250 by a common scheme.
Fiske is scheduled to be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court Nov. 6.
Fiske, who was a Northborough Police officer for six years, recently resigned from the force.
Authorities say Fiske stole more than $25,000 from the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass. C.O.P.) Local 165, between Dec. 17, 2009 and March 14, 2013. He was the president of the union from September 2008 through May 2012.
“This was done over a period of time,” said current Local 165 President Detective Jeff Noel. “It wasn’t like he took one big chunk. He took smaller chunks.”
Each of the 25 union members paid $12 a week for union dues. Noel later found out that the union was at least three years behind on its dues for Mass. C.O.P., which was about $4,800.
“We’re up-to-date now,” said Noel. “There was a little bit left. We were able to pay back the dues.”
The thefts were discovered after Noel became union president and had the account switched from Fiske’s name in the spring. Union members noticed that more than $25,000 was missing.
Because of that deficit an officer who attended an annual Mass. C.O.P. conference in Hyannis this year had to pay for it out of pocket rather than have it paid for by the union.
Noel said he could not talk about the specifics of the case against Fiske.
“I didn’t do the investigation so I can’t get into anything of that nature,” Noel said.
Update (10/27/2013): Used a more thorough article.