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Man charged after stealing $152K from Meriden business: Police

According to police, the man was creating fraudulant invoices while working for the company.

MERIDEN, Conn. — A man is facing a larceny charge after he reportedly stole over $150,000 from a Meriden business, police said. 

Officials said that in 2012, the owner of a fishing shop, Lunker City, entered into an agreement with Robert Lynch. The agreement allowed Lynch to create an outside package service that would then become a subcontractor for Lunker City. 

According to police, Lynch began billing the company for work completed by his outside packing company. Lynch later began billing the company for work that his packing company had not completed, police said. 

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Officials said that due to Lynch's position within the company, he was able to create fraudulent invoices. Lynch would then reportedly enter the invoices into the company's system for payment to himself. 

Police said it was around the end of 2021 when the owner of Lunker City realized that the money paid to Lynch far exceeded his packaging ability. 

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A forensic audit of Lunker City accounts showed over $152,000 in losses to the company. 

Meriden fraud detectives began their investigation and were later able to secure a warrant for Lynch. 

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On September 13, police in Westerly, Rhode Island told Meriden police that Lynch was in their custody. On Tuesday, Lynch was extradited back to Connecticut where he was charged with first-degree larceny and given a bond of $152,000. 

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Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at jglatz@fox61.com.  

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