Trial Begins For Ex-Lawrence Superintendent Accused Of Fraud

SALEM (CBS) – Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of former Lawrence school superintendent Wilfredo Laboy, who allegedly used school property and personnel for personal use.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports.

“Wilfredo Laboy…abused his power, took advantage of his position, and took advantage of his employees,” assistant district attorney Maureen Leal.

But, Laboy’s attorney Scott Gleason said that his client took over a school system that was in shambles, and that he worked tirelessly to restore integrity to that system.

“Dr. Laboy was a virtual miracle man because of, and what he did, and his accomplishments, because he was as hard a working man for the public schools as anyone could even imagine,” said Laboy.

However, former Lawrence school facilities director, Kevin McCarthy, testified that he sometimes drove Laboy’s son Willie, who was in his 30’s, to work at a pizza shop.

“He had lost his license, so I would transport him periodically to work,” said McCarthy.

Attorney Gleason admitted that Laboy did ask school employees to drive around his son and grandchildren, pick up his trash and help with maintenance at his Methuen home. Gleason said Laboy did that only because he was working so hard for the school.

“Dr. Laboy was in central office working his butt off. He asked somebody to do something so he could continue his work,” said Gleason.

Laboy, whose last day on the job was in May of 2009, is expected to testify later in the trial.

  • Buddy


    He should have hired a nanny to drive his grandchildren around. His son should have taken a cab to work. He could have taken his trash to the dump on weekends. The maintenance on his home should have been hired out if he did not have the time.

    He is lucky I am not on the jury. “GUILTY on all Counts”!

  • blackbear1

    The legend of Lawrence is alive and well. Between this guy and the mayor, someone should create a tv show about this city.

  • web

    comment problems: I’ll try again..didn’t the Lawrence public school system just get taken over by state receivership for years of declining performance? How did that happen with all his “hard” work? Laboy assumes he is the only one working if he assumes everyone around him can drive people around and do his errands…I’m assuming those doing his errands have their own errands and family to driver around. Big joke. I’ll summarize the whole problem. He’s egotistic and let the power of superintendent make his head swell, he’s too big to do those things..let the minions around him do the work. That’s it in a nutshell…sadly, we all paid for it.

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