Scanlon appears in court, charged with taking $914k from city

The city’s former assistant finance director is accused of taking about $914,000 from city taxpayers, according to a police affidavit.

Sharon Scanlon, of 23 Crescent Drive, appeared in Derby Superior Court briefly Tuesday. Her case is being transferred to Milford, where she will appear again Feb. 26.

She faces 56 counts of first-degree forgery and one count of first-degree larceny for allegedly making fraudulent deposits of city money into personal accounts. Her attorney, William Dow III said she will plead not guilty and has the support of her friends and family.

The affidavit, prepared by State Police Trooper Shawn Sequeira, said State Police were called in to investigate the alleged larceny in late August. According to the affidavit, staff in the finance office and a private auditor for the city of Shelton discovered voided checks, allegedly written to Sharon Scanlon, that were not recorded in the general ledger. Upon further investigation, State Police said they found that 56 fraudulent deposits were made between February 2008 and July 2012. The affidavit said that Scanlon allegedly took a total of $914,153 from city bank accounts, beginning in 2001 and continuing through 2012.

Scanlon, who worked for as assistant finance director for 17 years, resigned shortly after the investigation began.