PLAINVILLE – A Farmington woman has been accused of embezzling more than $80,000 from a Plainville business.
Police allege Christine Anthony, 36, voided transactions in which clients of Connecticut Solid Surface paid the company for work that was performed before essentially duplicating the transaction, charging it to her personal account instead of the kitchen and bathroom remodeling company where she worked, according to the warrant for her arrest.
Anthony faces one count each of first-degree larceny, first-degree computer crime and third-degree identity theft. She was not charged until about two years after the thefts were reported in September 2020.
According to the warrant, Anthony worked for Connecticut Solid Surface, processing the billing for the business, located at 361 East St. Someone with the company discovered that a number of transactions – in which clients paid for work that had been done – had been voided.
It was initially believed that Anthony had embezzled about $30,000, which the owners of the company said she agreed to pay back, the warrant said. After making out a check for $7,000, which cleared, Anthony wrote multiple other checks that could not be cashed or deposited because of insufficient funds, according to the warrant.
Police allege Anthony billed clients of Connecticut Solid Surface what they owed, but charged it to her personal account after voiding the payment that was initially made to the East Street business.
It was later discovered that the actual amount of fraudulent activity totaled $81,000 in misappropriated funds during 19 unauthorized transactions between January 2020 and July of that year, the warrant said.
As of last month – when the warrant for Anthony’s arrest was signed – the only money she paid back to Connecticut Solid Surface was the $7,000 check that was made out to the owners, the warrant said.
Anthony is free without having to post bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Sept. 6.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.