Employee sentenced for stealing $94,000 from Shelton business

A Bridgeport woman was sentenced March 17 to nine months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release in connection with taking money from her Shelton employer.

Christina Tartaglio, 34, must also spend the first six months of her release in home confinement under electronic monitoring.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Tartaglio was employed as a corporate travel consultant, office manager and accounting assistant for a travel agency in Shelton from 2008 to 2011.

Officials: Forged refund checks

During that time, Tartaglio was accused of embezzling from the travel agency by drafting refund checks from the agency to clients who were not due any refunds, forging the clients’ signatures, endorsing the checks, and then depositing them into her personal bank account.

Also, when a commission was due to the travel agency, Tartaglio 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, according to court documents. She then endorsed each check and deposited it into her bank account, federal officials said

Documents from the court said Tartaglio 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.

Must pay full restitution

Through this scheme, Tartaglio embezzled $94,237. She was ordered to pay full restitution.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, the Shelton Police Department and the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Felice M. Duffy.