SOUTHINGTON – A Waterbury woman has been convicted of defrauding someone out of thousands of dollars in Southington. Christina Granniss, 41, pleaded guilty to one count each of fourth-degree larceny and credit card theft during a hearing Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court. The pleas were part of a deal offered by state prosecutors.
Granniss, according to court officials, was eligible for a first-time offender program, but she would not have been able to make restitution. That likely would have been a condition of the program. The program could have allowed her to avoid a criminal record, as she did not have any convictions before this week.
Granniss was sentenced to eight months in prison.
In exchange for the pleas, two counts each of second-degree forgery and third-degree larceny and one count of illegal use of a credit card were not pursued. According to police, between June and July 2015, Granniss forged checks and made fraudulent ATM withdrawals from two accounts belonging to the victim. The total amount reported stolen was $7,869. Police said the victim was a family member of Granniss. The victim could not be reached for input on the disposition to the case, according to court officials.
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