Daughter Stole $600,000 from Father and His Norwich Business to Fund Bills and Gambling Habit: Police

An Oakdale woman is accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from her father and his business and using the money for her bills, taxes and her gambling habit, according to police.

Police said they were alerted in March 2017 when the owner of a Norwich auto repair and towing company contacted police after his bank alerted him that his daughter was trying to cash a check from his retirement investment account and deposit it into her personal account, according to police.

Police identified the daughter as 49-year-old Danielle Kolashuk, of Oakdale, and said she was the business’ office manager at the time and held power of attorney for her father.

Authorities were contacted because it appeared the endorsement on the check had been forged, according to a news release from police.

Investigators looked into the time period from 2012 to 2016 and determined there were more than $600,000 in fraudulent transactions, according to police. They said the money was taken from the victim’s business and personal accounts and it was used to finance Danielle Kolashuk’ s personal bills, taxes, and gambling habits. 

Kolashuk was charged with first-degree larceny and forgery in the third degree. She was arrested Friday morning and held on a $50,000 court-set bond.

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