Woman Accused of Stealing Hundreds of Thousands from Red Cross

Police said Diane Williams overpaid herself from Red Cross funds.

State police have charged an East Hartford woman who is accused of embezzling several hundred thousand dollars from the American Red Cross.

Diane Williams, 53, of East Hartford, turned herself in to state police on Thursday. Several web sites identify Williams as a finance executive for the Red Cross. The Red Cross issued a statement saying Williams is a former employee and worked from the former Middlesex Central Connecticut Chapter from 2001 until 2010.

In June 2010, an American Red Cross records review uncovered irregularities in the financial records of the former Middlesex Central Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Red Cross said in a statement.

They reported the discrepancies to the Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Region and the National Red Cross Investigations, Compliance and Ethics Division and the CEO contacted Connecticut State Police.

State police then checked financial records and said Williams had overpaid herself over an extended period of time from Red Cross Funds. 

Williams turned herself in to State Police at Troop F in Westbrook on Thursday and was charged with larceny in the first degree.

She was released on $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at the Middletown Superior Court on Dec. 15.

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