Felony Charge for Former Masonic Lodge Treasurer Accused of Stealing $54,000 from Organization

Police on Wednesday morning arrested a 62-year-old Norwalk man by warrant on a felony larceny charge in connection with missing funds from a New Canaan-based service organization.

Joseph M. McBride. Photo courtesy of the New Canaan Police Department

On the morning of April 5, New Canaan Police received a complaint regarding funds missing from the bank account of the Masonic Lodge, located at Church and Main Streets, according to a press bulletin.

The department’s Investigative Section found that between 2012 and 2016, Joseph M. McBride—then-treasurer of the lodge—had used a debit card on the organization’s bank account without authorization, according to a police report.

In all, he made more than $54,000 in purchases for personal use through four years as treasurer, the report said.

Police charged him with first-degree larceny, a Class B felony that may be brought when the accused is said to have stolen property worth $20,000 or more.

He was held on $100,000 bond and scheduled to appear Wednesday in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

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