WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. -- A 32-year-old woman was arrested for falsely reporting her wallet was lost at an airport resulting in nearly $10,000 in spending at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, a village police spokesman said on Wednesday.
After a multi-agency investigation with help from the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, local police charged Stephanie Kelly- Sambuco of the Village of Wappingers Falls with felony first-degree making a false statement. Additional criminal charges are pending, police said.
According to a press release, Kelly-Sambuco walked into the Village of Wappingers Falls Police Department on July 19 to report she had lost her wallet containing her Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union debit card at the Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.
Kelly-Sambuco also reported to Village Police that there were unauthorized cash withdrawals from her debit card from Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut totaling $9,927.25, police, according to the press statement.
The Hudson Valley credit union, which has branches throughout Putnam and Dutchess counties, had temporarily credited Kelly-Sambuco's debit card account for the alleged "casino losses" after she reported the incident to Village of Wappingers Falls Police.
A multi-agency investigation with the assistance of Hudson Valley credit union's fraud division and the Mohegan Tribal Police Department revealed that Kelly-Sambuco was in fact the individual who made cash withdrawals in Connecticut. She was arrested about 3 p.m. on Thursday.
More charges against the 32-year-old woman are pending from the Hudson Valley credit union as well as Mohegan Tribal Police, according to the press statement.
Kelly-Sambuco was arraigned at the Village of Wappingers Falls Court. She is due to reappear in Village Court at noon on Thursday July 28.
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