Thea Digiammerino

New Britain Woman Stole $180K From Employer with Alzheimer's: Police

A New Britain woman is accused of embezzling $180,000 from an elderly employer with Alzheimer’s.

Hartford Police arrested 32-year-old Sherese Mattis Friday.

According to police, Mattis worked for the victim, a retired 81-year-old urologist suffering from Alzheimer’s, in Hartford from 2016 to 2019. Investigators allege that Mattis stole by secretly increasing her pay. Police say the scheme involving creating an online payroll system and using forged electronic signatures to get unauthorized paychecks from the victim’s business account on top of her normal pay.

The investigation first began in February 2019. Police say investigators found authorized wire transfers to Mattis’ personal account and to her sister’s account.

She is charged with first-degree identity theft, first-degree larceny, first-degree computer crimes, forgery, money laundering , criminal impersonation and identity theft of an elderly person.

She is due in court on Monday.

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