Woman pleads guilty to stealing thousands from her employer

A 34-year-old Bridgeport resident pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, related to her alleged embezzlement of nearly $100,000 from her Shelton employer.

According to a press release from Deirdre M. Daly, acting U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, Christina Tartaglio waived her right to indictment today.

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. The name of the company was not released.

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, the press release stated.

Also, where a commission was due to the travel agency, Tartaglio allegedly 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 the release said.

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, court reports said.

Through this scheme, Tartaglio embezzled $94,237.05.

She is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on Sept. 3, at which time she faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.