June 27, 2018

Bookkeeper admits to stealing $326K from Shelton business

A former bookkeeper for a small, family-owned business in Shelton pleaded guilty Tuesday to pilfering more than $326,000 from her employer, authorities said.

Miriam Dubay, 65, of Purcellville, Va., formerly of Shelton, faces up to 20 years in prison on one count of wire fraud related to the embezzlement, said Connecticut U.S. Attorney John H. Durham.

According to prosecutors, Dubay forged 168 company checks totaling $239,852 between 2010 and 2016 and either deposited them into her personal bank account or cashed them at her company's bank.

She also stole 108 customer cash payments totaling $86,279 that she was tasked with depositing into the company bank account, authorities said.

As the only accounting person for the business, Dubay had access to all bank accounts, check stock, accounting books and records, as well as petty cash, prosecutors said.

Durham's office did not name the business.

U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport released Dubay on $20,000 bond pending her sentencing scheduled for Sept. 17.

Reach Natalie Missakian at news@newhavenbiz.com

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