BECKET -- The former director of the Becket Athenaeum was formally charged for larceny over $250 during a court hearing at Southern Berkshire District Court.
On Monday, Zina Jayne was in court with her attorney Scott Ellis. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf to the felony charge. Judge Charles Groce set a pretrial hearing in the case for July 11.
Police allege Jayne used library funds for personal use, including the purchase of clothing, shoes, iPhone accessories and other items. Following an audit of the 2012 finances, the Athenaeum's board of trustees identified $1,568.12 in online retail purchases, according to a police report.
The investigation was spurred after Jayne doubled her salary in October 2012. She had approval from the board of trustees to do that on the condition that she go without pay for a month, but Jayne never followed through with this promise, according to a court affidavit.
Prior to resigning as library director on Jan. 31, Jayne led the library for five years. In her resignation letter, Jayne cited personal reasons involving family and a desire to move away from increasing administrative responsibilities as reasons for her departure.
Jayne's attorney could not be reached on Tuesday. But Thomas Campoli, a senior partner for the law firm, Campoli & Monteleone, highlighted Jayne's community works, while refusing to comment on specifics about the ongoing lawsuit.
"She has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Athenaeum and she's been committed to making it a better place," Campoli said.
"She is a very descent person who has always been committed to the library," he added.
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