Connecticut woman steals $8k from non-profit dental clinic

MIDDLETOWN — A local woman was charged Monday with embezzling more than $8,000 from the city’s Community Health Center, which provides medical services primarily to poor and older residents.

Pamela Sundura, 29, of Sunset Terrace, was charged with second-degree larceny. She turned herself in to police Monday and was released on a non-surety bond.

Investigators were called to the center in May after the organization’s chief financial officer noticed missing funds and deposit slips.

From November 2001 to January 2002, Sundura embezzled $5,294.19 in checks and $3,352.05 in cash, police said. Most of the checks have been recovered.

Police focused on Sundura because she was the sole employee responsible for making deposits and one of the missing deposit slips was discovered in her repossessed car.

Sundura said she could not explain the missing funds and the missing deposit slips and denied any involvement in the larceny, police said.

Police records did not include a search warrant and did not indicate if investigators reviewed Sundura’s bank records.

Officials at the Community Health Center said their organization’s financial position suffered no significant damage as a result of the larceny.

“Fortunately we caught it very quickly and acted very promptly,” said Mark Masselli, chief executive officer of the Community Health Center.

Masselli said a number of community-based organizations have had similar incidents, and his has made procedural changes to insure that deposits are being properly made.

In New Britain earlier this year, a former dental office manager for the city’s Community Health Center, which provides medical care for poor and older residents, was charged with embezzling at least $7,800 from the center last year.

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