Tax Preparer Accused of Identity Theft

A tax preparer is accused of stealing a Stratford resident’s personal information and using it to open two utility accounts and five credits card accounts for personal use. 

Stratford police said they served 46-year-old Blanca Quinones, of Waterbury, with a warrant on Feb. 16 and arrested her at Liberty Tax Service at 353 East Main St. in Waterbury. 

Quinone was charged with seven counts of identity theft and sixth-degree larceny. 

Police said Quinones told them she has worked at Liberty Tax Service for nine years, preparing customer tax returns. 

Quinones has five pending criminal cases, according to Stratford police, and they said the state Department of Revenue Services and the IRS have been notified of the arrest. 

No additional information was immediately available.

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