BRIDGEPORT WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON
FOR EMBEZZLING FROM SHELTON TRAVEL AGENCY
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CHRISTINA TARTAGLIO, 34, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to nine months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling from her employer. TARTAGLIO also must spend the first six months of her supervised release in home confinement under electronic monitoring.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between 2008 and 2011, TARTAGLIO was employed as a corporate travel consultant, office manager, and accounting assistant for a travel agency located in Shelton. During that time TARTAGLIO embezzled from the travel agency by drafting refund checks from the agency to clients who were not due any refunds, forged the clients’ signatures, endorsed the checks, and then deposited them into her personal bank account. Also, where a commission was due to the travel agency, TARTAGLIO entered all or part of the commission as a credit payable to a random client or a fictitious name and then wrote a check for the credit amount to that name. She then endorsed each check and deposited it into her bank account. She also created checks payable to vendors or suppliers for operating expenses, changed the payee on a check to a fictitious name created by her, endorsed and then deposited the checks in her account.
Through this scheme, TARTAGLIO embezzled $94,237.05. She was ordered to pay full restitution.
On June 10, 2013, TARTAGLIO pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
This matter was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, the Shelton Police Department and the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Felice M. Duffy.
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