OTIS -- A Blandford woman who police say stole $10,000 from her boyfriend in July has pleaded not guilty to a charge of larceny.
Pauline Anne Nye is accused of stealing $10,000 in cash -- wrapped in five bundles of $2,000 -- from John Conboy of Otis, while he was asleep, according to court documents. The cash, which was supposed to be provided to a contractor, allegedly was stolen from a coat pocket in his closet.
Nye is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 30. She faces a possible prison sentence of no more than five years or two years in jail and no more than a $25,000 fine.
According to a police affidavit, Nye confessed to stealing the money. In her statement to police, Nye said she had an altercation with Conboy, and she feared he would leave her.
Nye described herself as unemployed and since April she has been trying to correct her life after dealing with a drug addiction.
"I was going to lose everything all over again," Nye was quoted as saying in the affidavit.
Nye knew about Conboy’s money, and she had originally anticipated stealing $2,000, but she would go on to steal all $10,000 because she was nervous after Conboy rolled over in his sleep as she was going through his closet, according to the affidavit.
According to Conboy’s affidavit, he later discovered the money was missing, but decided against immediately calling police because he suspected someone close to him had taken the cash. He requested Nye take a polygraph test, and she originally agreed, until backing out shortly before the test was supposed to take place.
On Aug. 6, Conboy heard that Nye allegedly had spent large sums of money to buy a puppy and an ounce of marijuana. He then called police.
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