LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts city councilor who stole more than $270,000 from his business partner and customers of his funeral home has been sentenced to prison.
Robert Scatamacchia pleaded guilty to larceny and was sentenced Tuesday in Lawrence Superior Court to one year behind bars followed by five years of probation. He acknowledged stealing from more than 20 customers and from business partner Paul Rogers, who merged funeral homes with him in 2010.
The 66-year-old former Haverhill (HAY'-vruhl) city councilor has been ordered to pay $144,000 in restitution to the victims. He has paid $40,000.
His attorney says he's "deeply ashamed."
Prosecutors say Scatamacchia took about $200,000 from his business partner and about $73,000 from clients who placed funds in pre-funeral arrangement accounts.