CT Woman accused of stealing $830,000 from veterans' fund

CT Woman accused of stealing $830,000 from veterans' fund
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POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 12:18pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 1:33pm

Darien, CT (WFSB) -- A woman was arrested for embezzling money from a national fund that helps veterans and their families, according to police in Darien.

Police said Cynthia Tanner stole more than $830,000 from the National Veteran Services Fund's checking account over a five-year period.

The president of the organization told investigators that irregularities in the company's financial statements were noticed by an accounting firm.

Police said Tanner had been an employee of the NVSF, which is based in Darien, since 2008. Her responsibilities included payroll and the disbursement of funds to the charity's clients.

Investigators discovered that not only had she been writing unauthorized checks to herself, but that she was writing checks to relatives as well. They said she wrote 135 checks for more than $185,000 to herself and family members.

Tanner was also found to be making electronic payments for loans as well as using company credit cards for things like airfare, vacations and internet purchases.

Police said a warrant was secured for the checks she wrote in 2013. Further arrest warrants were expected.

She turned herself into the Darien Police Department on Monday.

Tanner was charged with first-degree larceny, which is a class B felony in Connecticut.

Officers said she was being held on a $250,000 bond and was due in court in Stamford on Monday. 

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