Club treasurer charged with embezzling from Rotary and Special Olympics

A Milford Rotary Club member has been arrested and charged with embezzling club money.

In June the Milford Police Department received a complaint from the Milford Rotary Club regarding an alleged misappropriation of club funds by their treasurer.

Police investigated, and an audit was conducted which led to the arrest of Richard Weir, 66, of 15 Snug Harbor Rd, Milford. Weir is charged with embezzling funds from the Rotary Club and two other organizations where he served as treasurer: Milford Special Olympics/Operation Mainstream and The Milford Club.

Police say Weir stole about $250,000 since 1995 from the clubs.

A Milford Rotary Club audit revealed that between 1995 and 2008, $211,221 was diverted/stolen, and between 2008 and 2013  another $25,484 was stolen.

Police said $19,163 was stolen from the Milford Club.

An audit revealed that $3,5000 was missing from the Milford Special Olympics/Operation Mainstream accounts in 2012.

"However those funds were later returned in June 2013 while the investigation was under way," police said.

Weir was taken into police custody Dec. 11 on three arrest warrants.

He was charged with Larceny 1st degree 53a-122, Larceny 2nd degree 53a-123 and Larceny 3rd degree 53a- 124. He released on a $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court GA # 22 on Jan. 7.