SOUTHINGTON, CT — The 36-year-old former human resources director of a Southington garden center and landscaping business is facing several charges related to a $78,000-plus embezzlement investigation, police said Thursday.
Southington police began investigating the case on Sept. 20, when a local business, Winterberry Gardens, alerted authorities to several “financial discrepancies” related to a credit card used by the business and assigned to the human resources manager, Charles Allen, according to a report.
According to a report issued by police Thursday, financial statements dating from June 19, 2019 back to Oct. 3, 2017 showed a total of $78,150 in unauthorized charges.
In one instance, Allen filled out fraudulent invoices for an federal Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration training course in the amount of $3,o00, according to a report.
The business also reported that 11 charges, in large amounts, were sent to squareup.com, an account Allen had set up to route money from the business AMEX card to his own account, in an amount exceeding $28,000, prior to resigning, a report indicates.
Case records indicate a search warrant for business records from squareup “clearly showed” that “Charles Allen had, in fact, set up an account using his personal information.” According to case records, two separate bank accounts featuring Allen’s name also clearly showed that Allen was making fraudulent credit card transactions with company credit cards and depositing the money into his personal account.
According to a report, a search warrant obtained for Allen’s personal checking accounts showed a total of 28 squareup deposits, totaling $74,574.50, deposited between one to two days after the credit card was charged.
The information contained within the personal checking records for Charles Allen “clearly showed that he had defrauded his employer for his own personal financial gain,” according to investigators.
An arrest warrant for Allen was then issued, police said.
On Sept. 24, White Plains, NY, police took Allen into custody in the parking lot of his residence and detained him as a fugitive from justice, according to a report. On Monday of this week, he was transported to Southington police headquarters and charged with first-degree larceny, the illegal use of a credit card and receiving goods or services obtained by the illegal use of credit card.
Allen posted a $10,000 bond and was assigned a court date of Oct. 26 in New Britain, police said.