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Former HR Director At Southington Business Charged In Fraud Case

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

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Former human resources manager used Southington business’ credit card to funnel $75,000 to himself, police say



a house in front of a brick building: Southington police headquarters


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The former human resources manager of a Southington gardening and landscaping company has been charged with funneling about $75,000 from this business’ credit card into his personal bank accounts.

After a year-long investigation, 36-year-old Charles Allen was arrested last week at his home in White Plains, New York, and charged with first-degree larceny, illegal use of a credit card and receiving goods or services obtained by illegally using a credit card, Lt. Keith Egan said Wednesday.

Winterberry Gardens leaders first alerted police in September 2019 that they had discovered “financial discrepancies” connected to the business credit card issued to Allen, who had worked at the company’s head of human resources, police said.

A review of financial statements from late 2017 to mid 2019 showed $78,150 in unauthorized charges and fraudulent purchases, including fake invoices for a workplace safety training course for $3,000,

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