Ex-Chief of Boys Club Blames Thefts on Guilt

The former leader of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury who has admitted stealing from the organization blames his actions on alcohol abuse that began after a girl drowned in the club's pool four years ago.

The Republican American reports
that Robert Generali's lawyer has asked a judge to spare his client a lengthy term when he's sentenced next month.

He pleaded guilty in February to theft, wire fraud and tax charges.

A federal investigation found that Generali created unauthorized club accounts to pay for thousands of dollars' worth of high-end meals at an expensive restaurant.

Officials said Generali used the money to pay for limo rides, lavish steak dinners, jewelry, $400 sunglasses, even clothing. http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/Boys--Girls-Club-Bilked-129777688.html

It's unclear how much money was stolen, which is partly why Generali's sentencing has been delayed.

His lawyer said Generali committed most of the crimes over a sense of guilt for the drowning of the 5-year-old girl.

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