(Updated with information released by Norwalk Police at 4:29 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30)
NORWALK, Conn. – Former Norwalk Assistant Town Clerk Debbie Troy has been arrested and charged with first-degree felony larceny in connection with money discovered missing from the clerk’s office last spring, according to Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik.
A press release was issued at 4:11 p.m.:
“The arrest warrant was the result of an 11-month investigation conducted by Detective Bill Maloney and CPA Stephen Pedneault, both Certified Fraud Examiners through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Austin, Texas.
“The investigation documented that more than $3,000 dollars had been taken and that this activity had been occurring since at least 2010. As the crime involved ‘defrauding a public community,’ the theft is considered a Larceny 1st degree under Connecticut General Statutes, a Class B felony.”
The warrant charges Troy, 42, of 6 Catalpa St., Norwalk, with one count of Larceny 1st degree, CGS 53a-122.
“The Norwalk Police Department began its investigation upon receiving a complaint from Norwalk Town Clerk Richard McQuaid, who discovered irregularities in various transactions at the Norwalk Town Clerk’s Office.
“Troy turned herself in to the Norwalk Police Department after arrangements were made through her attorney.”
Troy was released on a written Promise to Appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Nov. 8.
According to the Connecticut Penal Code, first degree felony larceny is a Class B felony. Conviction can carry a prison term of one to 20 years and a fine of up to $15,000.
Troy, who is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the city while employed in the town clerk’s office, was fired in late June. She had been placed on leave in January while the matter was under investigation.
Troy made $73,658.91 in 2012, documents show. She had been collecting a salary while on leave. Troy filed a grievance after she was fired last summer, to try to get her job back.
The missing money was discovered by McQuaid almost a year ago. McQuaid was elected in November 2011 after longtime clerk Andy Garfunkel chose to leave the position and run for mayor. Garfunkel lost to Ricard Moccia by about 880 votes.
“We did not know this was going to take place,” McQuaid said Wednesday after the arrest.
McQuaid is running unopposed for re-election this year.