Stamford woman accused of bilking Darien store
Updated 10:58 am, Tuesday, October 31, 2017
STAMFORD — A city resident who was a cashier at a Darien running store has been accused of stealing more than $12,000 through a refund scam.
Monefa Hamilton, 28, of Commons Park South, has been charged with second-degree larceny and was released after posting a $25,000 court appearance bond.
According to Hamilton’s three-page arrest affidavit, the owner of Runner’s Roost notified Darien police in May when he suspected she bilked more than $12,000 from the store by using fraudulent debit card returns.
The affidavit said Hamilton worked at the store from April 2014 until this May.
The owner realized there was a high volume of refunds between October 2016 and May 2017, the affidavit said. He also noticed most of the refunds were made to just two debit cards although a different name was used each time, the affidavit said.
Darien Detective Elizabeth Dilorio obtained a search warrant for the debit card accounts and determined they belonged to Hamilton, the affidavit said.
The two accounts had a total of $13,787 in electronic deposits made from Runner’s Roost between October 2016 and May 2017 when Hamilton’s employment was terminated, the affidavit said.