Ex-bookkeeper at Connecticut veterans' group charged with fraud

NEW HAVEN >> A Darien woman has been indicted on accusations she embezzled about $800,000 from a Connecticut veterans’ group.

Cynthia Tanner was charged in federal court in New Haven with fraud and tax evasion. The 53-year-old Tanner was a bookkeeper at the National Veterans Service Fund in Darien.

Authorities accuse Tanner of using about $800,000 in veteran service fund money from 2009 to 2014 for expenses for her and family members. The veterans service fund provides social services and medical assistance to Vietnam and Persian Gulf War veterans and their families.

Tanner also is accused of altering records, falsely claiming the stolen money was paid to veterans and that she failed to report the money for tax purposes.

Tanner has been detained since June 2014, and it’s not known if she’s represented by a lawyer.