Ridgefield animal rescue larceny case continued to October

DANBURY — The pre-trial hearing of the city woman accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a Ridgefield animal rescue has been rescheduled to resume Oct. 14.

Amparo Sandoval, 55, is facing a first-degree larceny charge — to which she had pleaded not guilty — for allegedly stealing $200,000 from the Binn Animal Rescue over the course of three years.

She was hired to take on housekeeping duties at his animal rescue and sanctuary, said the organization’s owner, Moreton Binn.

Sandoval was arrested last July and originally accused of stealing $60,000 from the organization through fraudulent credit card charges.

After her arrest, Binn hired a forensic accounting team to review all accounts to which Sandoval had access and found more than $200,000 was actually missing.

Sandoval allegedly used some of the stolen funds to buy dresses off Amazon and $400 to $500 a month on gas.

She is out on $100,000 bond and being represented by Danbury-based attorney Jennifer Tunnard at state Superior Court in Danbury.