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BREAKING: Recreation director charged with embezzlement

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth police arrested the town’s former recreation director Saturday on charges of embezzlement after town officials noticed irregular beach fee reports. 

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Portsmouth Police department arrested Timothy Dunbar, age 42, of 969 West Main Road, Apt. 8502, Middletown. 

Dunbar was charged with 2 counts of embezzlement by a public official, 6 counts of obtaining money under false pretenses, and 6 counts of providing a false document to a public official or employer.

Previously employed by the town as the part-time recreation director, Dunbar turned himself into the Portsmouth Police station and was later arraigned by a Justice of the Peace. He was released on $5,000 with surety bail.

Dunbar served for years as the part-time recreation director, working this past summer. 

He was seen in August at the annual National Night Out event, a community partnership event between the Portsmouth Recreation Department and Portsmouth Police Department. 

The investigation into Dunbar began when Town Administrator Richard Rainer was notified by the finance department of irregularities in the town’s beach receipts.

Rainer immediately instructed the town’s finance department to conduct an audit and referred the investigation to the Portsmouth Police Department detective division.

The investigation revealed that Dunbar had embezzled cash from the funds of the recreation department, as well as submitted time sheets for 6 occasions at a time when he was not working.

“I’m very appreciative of the efforts of our town staff and police department for working together to expose this wrongdoing,” said Town Administrator Rainer. 


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