Bernadette Stanek was released on her own recognizance after pleading not guilty to charges in connection with the embezzlement of more than $300,000 from the Island Hospital Foundation.
In an appearance in District Court Thursday, Stanek pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree theft and 13 counts of forgery between 2011 and this year.
Judge Susan Cook ordered Stanek released without bail, noting that Stanek has no criminal history and the charges against her are not violent crimes, but property crimes. Cook told Stanek that, as a condition of her release, she cannot be employed or volunteer with any organization where she would have trust and access to their finances.
Cook set a trial date of December 15.