Grand Jury Indicts Ex-CFO on Six Charges

157867210 (1)HYANNIS – Melanie Powers, a Marstons Mills woman who has served as the chief financial officer of local nonprofits, has been indicted by a Barnstable Superior Court grand jury.

The grand jury handed down indictments Friday on five counts of larceny of a controlled substance and one count of an attempt to commit the crime of larceny of a controlled substance.

Powers worked as the CFO at Woods Hole Research Center for four years until October 2014. Before that, she worked as CFO at the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

She is accused of stealing prescription pills from a family that was renting a home from her in Barnstable.

Powers is the wife of Housing Assistance Corporation CEO Frederic Presbrey. Presbrey has been accused of threatening to kill the family that Powers is accused of stealing from.

According to court documents, he had worked to get them an affordable home through his agency but when they refused to sign the paperwork for the home, he is alleged to have become angry and, in front of a staff member, said he wanted to kill them. The staff member at HAC reported Presbrey’s comments to Barnstable Police.

Presbrey is scheduled to go before a Barnstable District Court magistrate on the allegation this week.

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