Former Providence employee charged with embezzlement in North Burial Ground investigation

Stefon Washington, a former city of Providence employee, is charged with embezzlement stemming from on investigation into the sale of plots at the North Burial Ground. (Providence Police photo)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence police say a former city employee has been charged with embezzlement stemming from an investigation into the sale of plots at the North Burial Ground.

Stefon Washington turned himself in to police around 7 a.m. Friday, according to an incident report obtained by Eyewitness News. He was also charged with unlawful appropriation and forgery.

Evan England, a spokesman for the city, confirmed Washington was terminated in 2015 as a result of the investigation.

Detectives launched an investigation into Washington in September 2015 after Parks Supt. Wendy Nillson told police a supervisor in the parks department told her Washington was “buying land at the North Burial ground, leaving the deeds empty and then reselling the land for a profit,” according to an incident report.

During an interview with police, Washington admitted that he did purchase “pre-need grave plots” at the burial ground, according to the report. Washington also told police he would buy monuments online then profit from the monuments when he sold them.

Police say they also obtained an ownership agreement that included a city of Providence header and Washington’s signature, but they learned it was a false document.

Eyewitness News went to Washington’s home on Friday to get his side of the story, but no one answered the door.

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Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan

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