Woman pleads no contest to embezzling over $200,000 from Cheshire company that manages Holiday Hill

Woman pleads no contest to embezzling over $200,000 from Cheshire company that manages Holiday Hill

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CHESHIRE — An East Haven woman pleaded no contest to felony larceny charge after police said she embezzled about $230,000 from the company that manages Holiday Hill resort and event facility.

The plea in Meriden Superior Court on Monday means that Anna Marie Carasone, 54, of 469 Foxon Road, East Haven, is not admitting or denying the charge of first-degree larceny.  She was originally also charged with first-degree forgery, first-degree computer crime, and first-degree identity theft.  

The plea was part of a deal worked out for Carasone to be sentenced to a five year suspended sentence and five years of probation.

The business owners agreed to the plea deal because probation conditions include psychiatric screening and that she will not hold a job with fiduciary responsibilities. The prosecutor said the company has been paid in full by their insurance company. Carasone will pay restitution to the insurance company. Her attorney has $25,000 from her in an account toward the restitution obligation.

In January 2018, Michael Cunningham, president of The Scenic Company, told police he believed Carasone created a fake employee to obtain extra income. Records showed the fake employee received 89 paychecks from August 2012 to September 2017 totaling $38,698 according to Carasone’s arrest warrant. Cunningham told police the only other person with access to the payroll was Carasone, a former bookkeeper.

While investigating, police learned company checks made out to vendors were deposited into Carasone’s bank account, the warrant said. The total loss to the company from 2012 through 2017 was about $237,651. About $38,698 was stolen through the fake employee account and 208 checks worth about $198,953 were fraudulently deposited, the warrant said. 

Carasone told police she faced losing her home in 2012 because of financial problems, the warrant said. She is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 5.

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