Trumbull resident sentenced to 15 months in jail for forging checks, stealing from employer

Trumbull resident Angelina Velasquez, 46, was sentenced this week to 15 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for two fraud offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Velasquez was employed as the payroll and human resources coordinator for a victim company.  From about September 2007 to November 2009, Velasquez manipulated her employer’s payroll system and caused the company to generate approximately 350 unauthorized payroll checks, totaling approximately $247,570, in the names of 87 different employees at the company, according to Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. Velasquez then intercepted the checks before delivery to the employees, forged their signatures on the back of the checks, deposited and cashed the checks at two banks and used the proceeds for her own personal use.

In addition, Velasquez assisted individuals by preparing and submitting personal income tax returns.  In 2009, she defrauded an individual out of her tax refund of $5,146, according to court documents.

On February 28, Velasquez pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud.

This matter was investigated by the Shelton Police Department, the United States Secret Service, and the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Neeraj N. Patel.