A former Fairfield County resident is facing up to two decades behind bars after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $325,000 from her employer in Connecticut.
John Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that current Purcellville, Virginia, resident Miriam Dubay, 65, formerly of Shelton, has waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty in district court to one count of wire fraud related to her embezzlement of approximately $326,000 while working as a bookkeeper for a Fairfield County company.
Dubay was the bookkeeper for a small, family-owned business in Shelton, acting as the only accounting person for the business, which gave her access to the company’s bank accounts, check stock, accounting books and records, and petty cash. Dubay was also responsible for depositing business checks and cash payments from customers into the company’s bank account.
Beginning in April 2010 and continuing through October 2016, Dubay pleaded guilty to engaging in a scheme to defraud her employer by writing checks on company check stock made out to “cash” by forging the signature on the checks by hand or by using a fraudulently obtained signature stamp. Dubay then deposited the checks into her personal bank account or cashed the checks at the bank where her employer maintained its business account.
By the end of the scheme, Dubay forged 168 different checks totaling $239,851.68. As part of the scheme, she also stole 108 customer cash payments for a total of $86,279, which she never deposited into the business’s bank account.
Following her guilty plea, Dubay was released on $20,000 bond. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 17, when she will face up to 20 years in prison.
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