New Canaan Woman, 46, Arrested for Stealing $88,917.26 from Ex-Husband through Forged Signature on Check

Police on Friday morning arrested a 46-year-old New Canaan woman by warrant on two felony charges, saying she forged her ex-husband’s name on a check in the amount of $88,917.26 and deposited it into her own bank account.

At about 7:01 p.m. on May 11, police received a complaint from a resident that a check in that amount had gone missing and subsequently was cashed and deposited into a bank account, according to a police report.

According to the victim, the sender had mailed the check to an old address, and the mail from that address was being forwarded to his ex-wife’s new residence, the report said.

The victim showed police a photocopy of the cashed check and it had his own signature and name forged on it, the report said. He told police that the forged signature, he believed, was his ex-wife’s doing, it said.

The Investigative Section of the New Canaan Police Department obtained a search warrant for the ex-wife’s bank records, and found that on May 4, a deposit had been made into her bank account in the amount of $88,917.26, and that the deposit was from the missing check with the forged signature of the victims name, the police report said.

Nearly all of that money has since been withdrawn, police said in a press bulletin, and “can’t be accounted for at this time.”

Police charged the woman, of Juniper Road, with first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery, both felony-level offenses.

She turned herself in to New Canaan Police at 11:45 a.m. on June 2, and was released after promising to appear June 12 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

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