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Case continued for Darien charity bookkeeper

Published 2:22 pm, Wednesday, July 2, 2014
  • Cynthia Tanner, an employee with the Darien-based National Veteran Services Fund, is accused of embezzling more than $185,000 from the nonprofit organization. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News Contributed
    Cynthia Tanner, an employee with the Darien-based National Veteran Services Fund, is accused of embezzling more than $185,000 from the nonprofit organization. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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The case against a Darien woman accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a national veterans charity was continued to July 30.

Cynthia Tanner, a bookkeeper for the nonprofit organization, is facing a felony charge after police said she wrote more than 135 unauthorized checks in 2013. No plea has been entered.

Police said Tanner began embezzling from the National Veterans Services Fund five years ago and believe the amount could reach $830,000 once the investigation is complete. Search warrants for nearly a dozen bank accounts were completed and three Darien officers are devoting their time to combing through the records.

Tanner, 52, was arrested June 2 on a charge of first-degree larceny, a felony carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.

Interviews are being conducted with potential victims, police said. It was also discovered that Tanner filed tax returns for friends, police said.

Tanner still is being held in lieu of a $500,000 court-ordered bond following her arrest.

NVSF is a nonprofit organization that accepts donations to assist veterans and their families across the country. Tanner's responsibilities included payroll and the disbursement of funds to the charity's clients, according to police.

Tanner fabricated a financial ledger that indicates the checks were written to veterans or NVSF clients, according to the affidavit. However, police said Tanner made the checks out to herself and family members.

Police said Tanner used the agency credit cards for personal expenses.

Police expect to file additional charges against Tanner.

mspicer@bcnnew.com; 203-330-6583; @Meg_DarienNews