State Police: Assistant finance director stole city money over 10-year period

The city’s former assistant finance director, who resigned amid allegations she stole public money, turned herself in to State Police Wednesday.

Sharon A. Scanlon, 48, of 23 Crescent Drive, surrendered to State Police Troop I Wednesday, Jan. 23. She was charged with first-degree larceny and 56 counts of first-degree forgery.

Police said Scanlon had been stealing from the city for a decade.

According to State Police, the investigation began on Aug. 23, 2012, when the State’s Attorney’s Office in Milford assigned the State Police Central District Major Crime Squad to investigate thefts at Shelton City Hall.

State Police said Wednesday that Scanlon “drafted fraudulent checks from the Shelton City Hall and deposited those fraudulent checks into her personal checking account via ATM at selected locations, over a 10-year period.”

Scanlon was released on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in State Superior Court in Milford Feb. 5.

Mayor Mark Lauretti said that the city’s internal investigation is complete and that the amount stolen is allegedly “in excess of half a million dollars.” He said State Police are conducting a seperate investigation and may have a different dollar amount.

“We knew this was coming,” Mayor Mark Lauretti said Thursday. “The whole thing is very unfortunate and very disappointing.”

He said the city is still seeking restitution. The city filed a lawsuit against Scanlon, and was seeking a lien against her home.

“This is a long process,” Lauretti said. “While there are a couple of avenues for recovery, it’s all part of the process.”

Finance Director Louis Marusic was placed on administrative leave after the allegations arose, though the mayor said he was not involved. Marusic eventually retired and was replaced by Paul Hiller.

"There will be more of a checks and balances and more people will be cross-training to do certain functions," Lauretti said. "Not to suggest that anything was radically wrong, but checks and balances and redundancies can't hurt."