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Former New Haven City Employee Facing Larceny Charges

A former City of New Haven employee terminated in August for allegedly misusing a city credit card turned herself in to police Thursday morning, according to Chief Anthony Campbell.

Police obtained a warrant to arrest 41-year-old Bianca Bowles on second-degree larceny charges, Campbell said. She was also charged with payment card fraud and first-degree identity theft, according to the court document.

A former aide to Mayor Toni Harp, Bowles had worked as a Youth Services administrative assistant when an internal investigation found more than $11,000 in unauthorized charges on the city credit card. 

According to court documents, Bowles used the city credit card for personal use, including charges on travel websites, at local hotels and food purchases.

City spokesman Laurence Grotheer said Bowles was fired within a day of the credit card charges being discovered on August 21. Most of the expenses were connected with room and board at a local motel, Grotheer said.  He said city officials have fully cooperated with the police investigation. 

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