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Former Asst. Finance Director Charged with 56 Counts of Forgery

Sharon Scanlon deposited fraudulent checks from Shelton City Hall into her personal checking account for a decade, police say.

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.

Stephen Hiatt January 23, 2013 at 09:14 PM
And it took someone this long to realize something was wrong? Heads should roll over this mismanagement.
Leah Salomoni (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 09:20 PM
"Oh wait, is that someone in local government doing something illegal? Yup, was just stupid enough to get caught and be brazen. SO infuriating." - Chris DeMayo "Unfortunately, people make poor decisions and think they can get away with them. Her 'stupid enough to get caught' didn't happen for 10 years and it is indeed infuriating. However, I still believe in our local government and I know our community will rise above." - Nicole Heriot "Whats the big deal? Most of City Hall is corrupt anyway." - Derek Jansen (Comments transferred from Shelton Patch Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SheltonPatch)
Michelle January 24, 2013 at 12:47 PM
So the town was ALREADY paying her over $80,000 per year but that wasn't enough for her to eek by? Some families don't make that in their combined salaries!! That kind of greed is simply inexcusable. Absolutely disgusting. This woman should be prosecuted to the FULLEST extent, no deals, no reduction of charges for cooperating. She should have to pay restitution, plus interest and fees, as well as lose her pension and any retirement savings, and serve jail time. Taking money from honest tax payers who DON'T have enough money to pay their taxes as it is, in excess of your overly inflated salary is just the epitome of selfishness, greed and disrespect for the honest citizens who pay for your family's way of life. I hope that pig gets the biggest book they have thrown at her.
chris bailey January 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Where is the oversight for this office? Was Scanlon responsible for her own oversight? 10 years worth of checks to herself or "cash" and no one else in the finance office thought something was going on? Makes one wonder who else she was paying to keep quiet. Looks like Louis Marusic might have known...he got off easy more arrests to follow?
Susan January 24, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Seems like an awfully long time for this to go on before it was noticed.
Terry January 24, 2013 at 03:53 PM
And the current administration accuses teachers of being greedy.
samianne January 25, 2013 at 12:04 AM
She should pay her ten year salary back to us.
Leah Salomoni (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 05:04 PM
There is currently a lien on her home.

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