Today at 1:30 p.m., the city's former assistant finance director, Sharon A. Scanlon, turned herself into the Connecticut State Police and was charged with:
- First-degree larceny
- First-degree forgery (56 counts)
Scanlon, 48, was released on a $100,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court on Feb. 5.
The arrest stems from an investigation launched on Aug. 23, 2012, when the city reported a "theft of public funds." It was determined that Scanlon drafted fraudulent checks from Shelton City Hall and deposited them into her personal checking account via ATM at selected locations, over a ten year period, according to the police report provided by Connecticut State Police at Troop I in Bethany.
State police were not immediately available to say how much money was stolen, but numbers as high as $500,000 have been reported.
Scanlon's salary, according to a union contract as of July 1, 2011, was $82,380, the Valley Indy reported.