Former Shelton Resident Admits Embezzling $326K from Employer
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MIRIAM DUBAY, 65, of Purcellville, Virginia, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of wire fraud related to her embezzlement of over $326,000 from her employer.
According to court documents and statements made in court, DUBAY, who formerly resided in Shelton, was the bookkeeper for a small, family-owned business in Shelton. DUBAY was the only accounting person for the business, and she had access to the company’s bank accounts, check stock, accounting books and records, and petty cash. She also was responsible for depositing business checks and cash payments from customers into the company’s bank account.
From at least as early as April 2010 and continuing through October 2016, DUBAY engaged in a scheme to defraud her employer by writing checks on company check stock made out to “cash” and either forging the signature on the checks by hand or by using a fraudulently obtained signature stamp. DUBAY either deposited the checks into her personal bank account or cashed the checks at the bank where her employer maintained its business account. DUBAY forged 168 separate checks totaling $239,851.68.
As part of this embezzlement scheme, DUBAY also stole 108 customer cash payments totaling $86,279 instead of depositing the cash into the business’s bank account.
DUBAY is scheduled to be sentenced on September 17, 2018, at which time she faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
DUBAY was released on a $20,000 bond pending sentencing.
This matter is being investigated by the Shelton Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service and the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan L. Wines.