Dedham Town Official Arrested For Fraud Pleads Not Guilty

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DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Monday, the United States Attorney's Office District of Rhode Island released a statement that a Dedham town official has been arrested in connection to fraud in her role as property manager for a Woonsocket Condominium Association.

Officials said 67-year-old Cheryl Sullivan holds multiple positions: real estate broker, tax preparer, property manager, and the chairperson for the Board of Tax Assessors for the Town of Dedham.

Sullivan was arrested on Monday by FBI agents on a federal indictment that alleged she acted in the capacity as a property manager for the River Island Condominium Association and devised a scheme to access Association funds for her own personal use.

Officials said it is alleged that Sullivan used a debit card attached to the association's checking account to withdraw cash for her own use from TMs in Plainville, Massachusetts at Plainridge Park Casino.

In information presented in court, a joint FBI and Plainville Police Department investigation alleged that Sullivan defrauded the Association of around $46,500.

The Board of Tax Assessors for the Town of Dedham released a statement regarding Sullivan's indictment.

"We as the Town take these charges very seriously and would like to assure the public that they are not related to her work as an elected official to the Board of Assessors.”

Sullivan was first elected to the Board of Assessors in 2018 and was re-elected in 2021, where she currently serves, town officials said.

Officials said Sullivan pled not guilty and was released on unsecured bond following Monday's arraignment.

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