Police: Waterbury Man Made Off with $20,000 in Embezzlement Scheme

Berlin police said a former employee of Best Cleaners used the system to access company information and take more than $20,000 over a one-year period.

An audit of sales transactions and company review of records has led to the arrest of a Waterbury man that police said stole more than $20,000 from Best Cleaners in Berlin over the course of a one-year period while he was employed with the company.

Christiane Parra, of 91 Royal Oak Drive in Waterbury, turned himself into police last week on charges of first-degree larceny and first-degree computer crimes. He was arraigned in New Britain Superior Court and was released after posting a $2,500 bond, according to the state Department of Justice.

“(The crime) occurred over a period of approximately a year and he was embezzling from his employer using the company’s computer system to facilitate the larceny, loss was over $20,000,” said Deputy Chief John Klett.

Klett said after the company detected the issue, Parra was terminated and the information was passed along to the Berlin Police Department. The case is now closed, police said.

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