Former Main Street director guilty of larceny charges

February 14, 2014
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Carlos Schillaci, former executive director of Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street (HJSMS), plead guilty to four larceny charges last summer, according to Suffolk County District Attorney spokesperson Jake Wark.

Schillaci will serve three years probation and pay about $20,000 in restitution to HJSMS, said Wark.

Schillaci left HJSMS in summer 2011 amid accusations that money that was intended for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) had gone missing. The money was to reimburse JPNDC, which handles HJSMS’s payroll.

Schillaci was charged in Suffolk Superior Court in 2012 with two charges of larceny by scheme and two charges of larceny over $250. Prosecutors’ documents at that time said Schillaci used the money to pay a utility bill, have his car fixed and to insure his car.

There are 18 Main Street organizations in the city, including HJSMS, JP Centre/South Main Streets and Egleston Square Main Street in Jamaica Plain. They are nonprofits partially funded by the city. When the Schillaci case broke, the City reviewed its Main Street policies and imposed new rules and auditing measures.