A Worcester man was accused Friday of stealing $90,000 from Springbrook clients in Worcester during a five-year period.

Anthony A. Barbera, 62, a former manager of the Springbrook’s Worcester Group Home, created fictitious bank statements and made false entries in residents’ records from 2005 to this year to conceal the thefts, according to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office.

He was charged with second-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheming to defraud and first-degree falsifying business records, deputies said.

Springbrook found problems with the records during an intevestigation, deputies said, and contacted the District Attorney’s Office, which was assisted by  the sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division in conducting the six-week investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

Barbera surrendered to investigators Friday and was arraigned in Worcester Town Court. He was released on his own recognizance. He faces up to 15 years in state prison on the charges, deputies said.




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