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Danbury Man Charged In $1.1 Million Embezzlement Scheme

A longtime employee of a Connecticut paper company has been charged at the federal courthouse in New Haven with 10 counts of wire fraud.
A longtime employee of a Connecticut paper company has been charged at the federal courthouse in New Haven with 10 counts of wire fraud. Photo Credit: U.S. Federal Courthouses

A longtime employee of a Connecticut printing company from Fairfield County is facing charges for a $1.1 million embezzlement scheme that he ran for the better part of a decade.

Danbury resident Anthony Teixeira, an employee of Hartford-based Joseph Merritt & Company (JMC), was charged in a 10-count indictment for wire fraud offenses related to his embezzlement scheme.

The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in New Haven on Wednesday, Dec. 11, and he was arrested the following day. Teixeira was indicted on Friday, Dec. 13.

It is alleged that Teixeira, who has worked at the paper company 25, most recently overseeing its branch located in Danbury. U.S. Attorney John Durham said that between January 2012 and February 2019, Teixeira defrauded JMC and its customers by presenting sales orders, or test sales orders, to customers as though they were actually invoices.

Durham said that customers, believing they were paying JMC for the work, then delivered payments into accounts that Teixeira controlled.

Teixeira also allegedly stole printing-related inventory from JMC inventory and sold it online, manipulating invoices to deceive JMC’s systems into thinking they had sold the inventory.

In total, Teixeira net approximately $1.1 million through the schemes.

Teixeira, 50, was charged with 10 counts of wire fraud. He was released on a $50,000 bond. If convicted, Teixeira faces a prison term of up to 20 years on each count.

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