More Irregularities Found in Vet Organization Books

Police continue to investigate a bookkeeper accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a national veterans organization after a VFW post she kept the books for noticed irregularities with their own finances.

Cynthia Tanner, 52, of Darien, was arrested on Monday, accused of embezzling from the National Veteran Services Fund.

On Wednesday, police said she also volunteered as the bookkeeper for the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6933, at 209 Noroton Ave., in Darien, for several years and investigators discovered irregularities in that organization’s financial statements as well.  

The investigation is ongoing and Tanner is being held on $500,000 bond.

Earlier this week, police said Tanner is suspected of writing 135 unauthorized checks from the National Veteran Services Fund in 2013 for more $185,000, made payable to herself and her family members. 

However, investigators believe she embezzled more than $830,000 from the organization’s checking account alone over a five-year span.

Tanner turned herself in to police on the charged related to the National Veteran Services Fund on Monday. Police said any additional information about fund losses would be released pending more arrests.

During her last court appearance, Tanner's attorney did not comment on the allegations and said he needed more time to speak with his client. 

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