Bookkeeper Accused Of Embezzling $800K From Darien Veterans Charity

(CBS Connecticut) – Police say more than $800,000 was embezzled from a Darien charity that benefits veterans.

Darien Police Detective Sergeant Jeremiah Marron says the president of the National Veteran Services Fund reported something was wrong with the books.

“When they looked into it a little further, they discovered a pretty extensive trail of embezzlement that was being conducted by the company’s bookkeeper,” Marron said.

Police say 52-year-old Cynthia Tanner of Darien wrote unauthorized checks to herself and her relatives. Investigators say more arrests are expected.

The National Veterans Services Fund says it provides many kinds of help for veterans, but the web site Charity Navigator gives the fund a ranking of zero stars, because most of the money it raises is spent on fundraising.

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