Woman charged with embezzling from veteran fund

Cynthia Tanner.
Cynthia Tanner.

DARIEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A bookkeeper for a Darien charity that helps veterans and their families has been arrested on charges she embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Cynthia Tanner surrendered to police Monday morning, and faces charges of larceny.

Tanner is accused of using the funds from National Veteran Services Fund, where she worked on payroll and writing checks to the group’s clients. According to police Tanner was also writing checks to herself and relatives, and made electronic payments for car loans, vacations and airfare.

In a news release Darien police said:

“An initial estimation was that Tanner had embezzled over eight hundred and thirty thousand dollars $830,000.00) from the organization’s checking account alone, over the past five years.”

Tanner wrote 135 checks for $185,000 in 2013, and it’s for those checks that she has been arrested.

She was expected to appear in Stamford Superior Court today.

Police say “further arrest warrants are anticipated.”

According to its website, The National Veterans Services Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity formerly known as Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Victims, Inc. It “provides case-managed social services and limited medical assistance to Vietnam- and Persian Gulf War- veterans and their families, with a focus on families with disabled children.”

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