Former Meriden woman sentenced for stealing more than $35,000 from employer

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A former Meriden woman will spend time in prison for stealing thousands from her employer.

On Monday, 54-year-old Yolanda Silverio, now of Austin, Texas, was sentenced to 10 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release and 150 hours of community service for theft in connection with health care.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Silverio worked for a Connecticut company that administers trust funds for public and private sector health benefit plans.

While holding the title of eligibility coordinator, Silverio received checks from individuals as payment for their union-related health benefits.

Officials say between May 2013 and July 2014, Silverio deposited 49 benefit checks totaling $35,461.34 into her own bank accounts.

In 2004, Silverio was convicted in federal court for embezzling more than $105,000 from two Connecticut businesses by forging signatures on business checks. Her supervised release following that crime was revoked after she failed to make a required lump sum restitution payment and for material misrepresentations to her probation officer.

On Monday, a judge ordered Silverio to to pay restitution of $35,461.34 and to notify any future employers in writing of her two prior fraud convictions.

She pleaded guilty to the most recent crime on Feb. 24, 2017 and has been ordered to report to prison on March 26, 2018.