Darien bookkeeper pleads guilty

Cynthia Tanner, a former bookkeeper with the Darien-based National Veteran Services Fund, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $800,000 from the nonprofit organization between 2009 and 2014, according to a statement December 15, 2015 by Deirdre Daly, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Cynthia Tanner, a former bookkeeper with the Darien-based National Veteran Services Fund, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $800,000 from the nonprofit organization between 2009 and 2014, according to a statement December 15, 2015 by Deirdre Daly, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.Contributed Photo / Contributed

A Darien woman pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion in embezzling $800,000 from the National Veterans Service Fund, using the money for personal expenses while claiming it was being paid to veterans in need.

Cynthia Tanner, 54, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford according to the office of U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly, with Tanner formerly a bookkeeper for Darien-based National Veterans Service Fund (NVSF), which assists veterans of Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War and their families. In recent years, NVSF has reported annual revenue ranging between $8 million and $11 million, with expenses exceeding revenue by about $1 million over its 2012 and 2013 fiscal years.

Tanner stole the money between January 2009 and June 2014, when she was arrested and released on a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton on March 11, 2016.

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