Court: Danbury woman stole funds to buy dresses on Amazon

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Amparo Sandoval

Amparo Sandoval

Ridgefield Police Department

A Danbury woman accused of stealing more than $60,000 from a Ridgefield organization over the course of three years used fraudulent credit card purchases to buy dresses and music on Amazon and service her Jeep, according to court documents.

Amparo Sandoval, 54, was charged with larceny in the first degree on July 10 after she turned herself in, and was released after posting $100,000 bail.

Sandoval used a CitiBank credit card she had access to to make 342 unauthorized purchases for more than $39,000, according to the affidavit for her arrest.

Sandoval allegedly charged $404 on the credit card through her personal Amazon account, including nine dresses, and $151 in digital services through the site, according to the affidavit. Sandoval shipped the items to her home address on Briar Ridge Road in Danbury, but the credit card was registered to an address in Ridgefield, the affidavit shows.

Sandoval also allegedly spent $871 on the card to service her red 2013 Jeep Wrangler at a mechanic in Ridgefield, court documents show.

The report said the alleged thefts came to light after Sandoval abruptly quit her job at the Ridgefield animal sanctuary, the name of which has been redacted in court documents obtained by The Press, in November 2018.

Sandoval worked at the Moreton and Marisol Binn’s animal sanctuary on Branchville Road, according to stories in the Ridgefield Press archives. The sanctuary’s director and president could not be reached for comment as of 3:45 p.m. Monday.

An official at the organization told police the company managing the organization’s payroll service told him Sandoval was paid more than she was owed in the month of November, because she “never notified them that she resigned on the 20th of November,” the affidavit said.

The official told police that they began looking through the accounts Amparo had access to, and found several unauthorized charges. Police reviewed “several bank statements and credit card statements from Citi Bank, Lowe’s, and Fairfield County Bank that had transactions that were not approved” by the organization, according to the affidavit.

The official told police he also found accounts Sandoval opened in his name without his knowledge.

The affidavit also claims Sandoval spent $21,067 on the organization’s Lowe’s credit card between 2016 and 2018 without permission.

If convicted of larceny in the first degree, Sandoval could face one to 20 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine. She is due to appear in Danbury Superior Court for her arraignment on July 27.