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Man Scammed Clients Out Of Hundreds Of Thousands, New Canaan Police Say

A bookkeeper in Connecticut is facing charges for allegedly defrauding his clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A bookkeeper in Connecticut is facing charges for allegedly defrauding his clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Photo Credit: File photo

A bookkeeper is facing charges for allegedly defrauding his clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, New Canaan police said.

East Haddam resident Joseph Parker, 30, doing business as Joseph Parker Tax Services, allegedly defrauded his tax and bookkeeping clients between the end of 2017 and 2018.

According to police, using access to his clients’ financial information, Parker used processes that included double billing and credit card fraud to siphon money from them without their knowledge.

Parker’s clients were spread throughout Connecticut, prompting a multi-agency investigation by law enforcement that included State Police, and departments in East Haddam, Old Saybrook, Essex, and New Canaan.

In total, Parker is accused of stealing approximately a half-million dollars, though some cases remain under investigation. In New Canaan, Parker is estimated to have stolen approximately $24,000 from clients.

Parker was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery. He was processed at Norwalk Superior Court and is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond.

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