NORWALK, Conn. -- A former employee at a Norwalk law firm cashed almost $15,000 in checks to herself before the scheme was discovered in late September, Norwalk Police said.
Charged with seven counts each of first-degree identity theft and third-degree forgery along with one count of second-degree larceny is Ashley Arroyo, 22, of 10 Stonehedge Road, Norwalk.
She was arrested at her home on Thursday. Her bond was set at $75,000, and she is scheduled to make her first appearance in court on Nov. 14.
Police said Arroyo was hired by the firm in March, but she stopped going to work in August.
An $1,800 check was made out to cash in July and then three checks of $1,500, $1,500 and $3,500 were made out to cash in August, police said. Police said she also wrote a check of $2,750 to herself in August.
A check for $3,550 was cashed on Sept. 28 at a check-cashing business that was later rejected by the bank but not before Arroyo was able to receive the money, police said. That resulted in the check-cashing place taking the loss, police said.
Police were called in late September after the firm noticed the fraudulent checks and the account was closed. Another attempt to cash a check of $2,500 that was deposited through the bank's app was rejected later by the bank, police said.
The checks had the forged signature of the law firm's partners on it as well as Arroyo's name on the back, police said.
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