CHESHIRE — An East Haven woman faces felony charges after police said she embezzled about $230,000 from the company that manages Holiday Hill resort and event facility.
Due to a five-year statute of limitations, the former bookkeeper is being prosecuted for just over $190,000 in stolen assets, according to her arrest warrant.
Anna Marie Carasone, 54, of 469 Foxon Road, East Haven, pleaded not guilty this week during an appearance in Meriden Superior Court. She is charged with first-degree larceny, first-degree forgery, first-degree computer crime, and first-degree identity theft. She has been free on $25,000 bond since her arrest in August.
In January 2018, Michael Cunningham, president of The Scenic Co., reported to police that he became aware of an unclaimed W-2 forms for an employee that was not in the company file, the arrest warrant said. Records showed the “employee” received 89 paychecks from August 2012 to September 2017 totaling $38,698. Cunningham told police the only other person with access to the payroll was a former bookkeeper, identified as Carasone.
The Scenic Company manages Holiday Hill, a private resort and day camp on the Cheshire-Prospect town line, and High Meadow, a similar resort in North Granby.
Cunningham told police he believed Carasone created a fake employee in order to obtain extra income, the warrant said. Cunningham received an email from Carasone in which she apologized, saying what she did was wrong and she was trying to keep her house. Carasone also offered to pay back the money.
Police contacted the person connected to the social security number that was used to create the fake employee account. The person had no knowledge of Carasone and hasn’t lived in the state in two decades, the warrant said.
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. Carasone also said she created a fake employee and had the wages directed to her bank account. Carasone told police she forged some of the checks before depositing them into her bank account, the warrant said.