Man pleads not guilty to false statement charge in Plainville embezzlement case

Published on Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:31


PLAINVILLE - A Hartford man has pleaded not guilty to allegations he made a false statement about his wife’s alleged involvement in embezzling about $84,000 from a Plainville company when she worked there.

Wilkins Miranda, 43, entered a not guilty plea to one count of making a false statement during a hearing Wednesday in New Britain Superior Court. His case was continued to Oct. 29.

According to the arrest warrant, Miranda’s wife, Denise, 53, was hired at Independent Materials Testing Laboratory, on North Washington Street, in February 2017 and put in charge of the company’s payroll. At that time, her last name was Palmese, the warrant said.

In July 2018, the owner of Independent Materials noticed that the balance of the bank account for the company was negative. He then found several checks made payable to Denise Palmese, totaling $17,000, the warrant said.

According to the warrant, police later found the total amount of money misappropriated was $84,844.

Denise Miranda told investigators that she and the owner of Independent Materials had an agreement in which he gave her extra money for some financial problems she was having, according to the warrant. The owner denied this.

Investigators also spoke to Wilkins Miranda during the investigation, and he told them he was issued several checks from Independent Materials Testing Laboratory for work he was contracted to do from home, the warrant said. The owner of the company denied this as well, police wrote in the warrant.

Denise Miranda faces one count of first-degree larceny. Her case is still pending.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:31. Updated: Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:33.