In early October, authorities in New Britain took a 39-year-old personal assistant into custody after she allegedly committed multiple acts of theft. According to news sources, the woman's ex-employer reported her to police in January after alleging that she had stolen his checks and cashed them in with a false signature.
Sources indicate that the woman had taken more than $6,600 from her ex-employer. After she was reported to the police in January, she had repaid about $2,400 of the money she apparently took. However, the man claims that woman cashed two more of his checks at a different bank in order to obtain that money.
The woman now faces eight counts of forgery in the second degree, a charge of identity theft in the second degree and a charge of larceny in the third degree. One of the credit unions where she cashed a few of the checks also wanted to press charges against her. The criminal charges were scheduled to be addressed in New Britain Superior Court on Oct. 15.
According to an investigator who interviewed the 39-year-old, she admitted to stealing the money in order to pay for her children to have a nice Christmas and alleviate her financial strain. Police were unclear on whether the alleged thefts took place over time or around the same period, but it is believed that she cashed the checks at more than one financial institution.
Those who stand accused of serious crimes like theft or larceny may face severe sanctions. Moreover, in addition to potentially facing penalties such as incarceration, a defendant could lose their job and find it difficult to obtain one in the future. Individuals accused of crimes might wish to seek the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer in order to challenge the allegations made against them.
Source: Hartford Courant, "New Britain Woman Charged With Stealing From Wethersfield Business", Christopher Hoffman, October 10, 2014