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Former New Haven City Employee Admits Embezzling $100K

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DANIEL LION, 64, of Hamden, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to one count of wire fraud stemming from a long-running embezzlement scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Lion was employed by the City of New Haven for approximately 40 years, most recently in the city’s accounting department.  New Haven has a policy where employees can be paid in advance if they are about to take approved vacation leave.  As part of his employment, Lion had access to the city’s payroll system.

From approximately 2002 to June 2018, Lion periodically accessed the city’s financial accounting software to issue vacation paychecks to himself.  He then deleted the computer entries for the checks, which caused the payroll system to issue his regular paycheck, as well.  Through this scheme, Lion stole $102,947.44 from the City of New Haven.

Judge Hall scheduled sentencing for September 4, 2019, at which time Lion faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and an order of restitution.  Lion is released pending sentencing.

Lion retired from the City of New Haven in March 2019.

This ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, U.S. Secret Service and New Haven Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Miller.

Updated May 22, 2019

Financial Fraud
Public Corruption