Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Connecticut Woman Admits Embezzling $100+K From Insurance Agency

Deborah Fenton, 44, of East Hartford, Connecticut, pleaded guilty today to embezzling at least $111,000 from her employer, Alliance Insurance, of Manchester, Connecticut, in lieu of facing a trial. Fenton, who worked for the company for 6 years, was arrested back in December 2006 after Alliance's owner, Kenneth Madison, discovered the thefts. Fenton reportedly took cash and checks meant to be deposited into company accounts for her own benefit. She blamed her actions on a recent divorce and desperate financial situation, claiming she needed the money to pay her mortgage, which was near foreclosure, among other daily expenses. She pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny and was given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay a total of $161,000 in restitution.

Read the story here.

Note: Fenton was administered a lie detector test, according to the press report, which she reportedly failed. I thought these tests were ruled inadmissible. Anyone who knows Connecticut law on this issue please chime in.

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