Stamford substitute teacher charged after she was overpaid by $54K; allegedly refused to return it

Stamford Superior Court in Stamford, Conn. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.

Stamford Superior Court in Stamford, Conn. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.

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STAMFORD — A substitute teacher was overpaid by more than $50,000 by Stamford Public Schools, then refused to pay the district back, according to an arrest warrant.

Shalyn Coley, 24, of Stamford, was arrested Tuesday on a first-degree larceny charge for an incident reported to police in January by a Stamford Public Schools human resources employee.

Stamford police officer Willie Guilford wrote in an arrest warrant that Coley was “mistakenly” paid $54,390 for two days of work between October and November 2022. Coley, who was hired by the district in November 2020, only had a pay rate of $105 per day, Guilford wrote in the warrant.

Guilford wrote that the money was directly deposited into Coley’s bank account, at which point about $27,000 was deducted in taxes.

In email communications with the district, Coley told police that her bank would not allow her to reverse the transaction, stating that “the City has to reverse the transaction on their end,” according to the warrant.

Coley later agreed to drop off a check covering money wrongly deposited in her fund, but she never did, the warrant said.

Guilford said in the warrant that police later seized $19,863 from Coley’s bank account.

Coley was arraigned Wednesday at the state Superior Court in Stamford, where a judge lowered her bond from $250,000 to a promise to appear. She is scheduled to next appear in court on May 8.