PLAINVILLE - A Bridgeport woman is facing nearly a dozen felony charges after allegedly defrauding her employer out of about $3,000 almost four years ago.
Heather Eanes, 50, has been accused of writing herself 10 checks from a bank account belonging to Telereach, located on Whiting Street, according to the warrant for her arrest. The allegations date back to July and August 2014, when Eanes was employed by the telemarketing and customer service company.
According to the four-page warrant, the owner of Telereach contacted police on Sept. 19, 2014, after a bookkeeper there noticed some irregularities in the company's finances. The employee found that 10 checks were made out to Eanes, worth a total of $3,428.
The bookkeeper found it odd that, upon further investigation, the checks had been written out by hand despite the company normally printing checks. Further, the checks were linked to an account that was not used for payroll checks.
During the investigation, police spoke to Eanes at a home in New Britain, where she refused to allow officers inside, the warrant said. She spoke through the door and told a policeman she would meet him at the police department in November 2014 to discuss the allegations, the document continued. Eanes never showed for the meeting, and her phone number was deactivated shortly thereafter, police said.
The warrant does not say why Eanes was not charged until last month. She faces one count of third-degree larceny and third-degree identity theft and 10 counts of second-degree forgery.
According to the warrant, Eanes’ criminal history includes convictions of first-degree larceny, failure to appear in court, burglary and threatening. She is free on $2,500 bond and was scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Monday. Her case was continued to Aug. 14.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.