Rotary Club Treasurer Accused of Embezzling from Special Olympics, Other Funds

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    The treasurer of the Milford Rotary Club is accused of embezzling almost $260,000.

    The treasurer of the Milford Rotary Club has been arrested, accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Rotary Club; Milford Special Olympics Operation Mainstream, a volunteer group that sponsors the local Special Olympic; and the Milford Club.

    Police said Richard Weir, 66, of Snug Harbor Road in Milford, is suspected of embezzling almost $260,000 and using the money for personal and business finances.

    An audit revealed that $211,221.98 was taken from the Milford Rotary Club between 1995 and 2008 and $25,484.57 was taken between 2008 and 2013.

    Police said $19,163.92 was taken from The Milford Club and $3,500 was taken from the Special Olympics Operation Mainstream fund.

    The money was returned to the Special Olympics in June while the investigation was underway.

    "We are saddened by the criminal act that has come to light and grateful to those who’ve recovered the funding so this group can continue to enrich the lives of its members, many who participate in our sports training and competitions," Debbie Horne. director of communications and marketing for Special Olympics Connecticut, said in a statement.

    Three warrants have been issued for Weir’s arrest, charging him with first-degree larceny, second-degree larceny, third-degree larceny.

    He was released on a $20,000 bond and is due to appear in Milford Superior Court on Jan. 7.

    Anyone with information on the arrests is asked to call Detective Nash at 203-787-4730, e-mail rnash@ci.milford.ct.us or submit a tip online.