When Moreton Binn\u2019s secretary hired a woman from Danbury to take on housekeeping duties for his animal sanctuary a few years ago, he never expected she would allegedly rob him of $200,000 over three years and lead him to hire a forensic accounting team to get a full scope of the financial damage. \u201cShe had moxie,\u201d said Binn, owner of Binn Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Ridgefield. Amparo Sandoval, 54, was charged with one count of larceny in the first degree, a felony, on July 10 for allegedly stealing $60,000 from the sanctuary through fraudulent credit card charges, according to her arrest affidavit from Ridgefield police. But Binn said the amount she took from the organization was far more than initially reported in the affidavit. He said that a forensic accounting firm reviewed all of the accounts Sandoval had access to, and discovered she took over $200,000. Jennifer DeCastro Tunnard, Sandoval\u2019s Danbury-based attorney, said she had no comment. In a letter to the Binns\u2019 attorney on Dec. 13 of last year, Tunnard said Sandoval had been \u201ca loyal and trustworthy, salaried employee to the Binns for the past 10 years and 5 months,\u201d and that she \u201cvehemently denies\u201d the allegations raised by the Binns. In November 2018, Sandoval abruptly quit. \u201cOne day she just got into a hysterical fit over some of the things she was being asked to do \u2026 and she said, \u2018I quit,\u2019\u201d Binn said. Later, the company managing the sanctuary\u2019s payroll told him Sandoval had drawn a paycheck for the full month of November, despite having quit 11 days before the end of the month, according to the court documents. That led Binn to begin a review of all of the accounts Sandoval had access to, and eventually press criminal charges against her. Tunnard requested a list of \u201cunauthorized purchases\u201d from Binn, along with date, cost, and location of the items allegedly purchased. She also wanted to establish \u201cactual period of employment\u201d Sandoval worked in November of that year. \u201cIf the amount received covered past November 20th, the last day of her employment, then she will be returning those funds immediately,\u201d Tunnard said in her letter to the Binns. Binn said he never received a check for the excess pay alleged in the letters. Tailoring, gas, and dresses Court documents and Binn\u2019s account paint a web of fraudulent purchases Sandoval was able to carry out by ingraining herself in the sanctuary\u2019s finances to avoid scrutiny. Michael Maloney, Binn\u2019s attorney, said they reviewed \u201call statements and other records evidencing substantial unauthorized purchases of fuel, building supplies, food, and other goods,\u201d in a letter sent to Sandoval\u2019s attorney on Dec. 21 of last year. \u201cIt appears that many, if not all of these unauthorized purchases were concealed from the Binns by way of financial transactions routed through the accounts of Binn Animal Rescue & Sanctuary Charitable Foundation\u2026 as well as other accounts of the Binns,\u201d the letter went on to say. On one occasion, Binn said he went to pick up dry-cleaning for his wife and himself, and discovered Sandoval had dresses she bought off of Amazon using his credit card information altered there. She also used his account to purchase around $400 to $500 of gas every month. Binn said he does not drive, but his wife owns a car. \u201cWe have one car, why would we use $500 in gas?\u201d he said. He said Sandoval was able to add his credit card to her personal Amazon account because she had access to his personal information the retailer uses to verify the cardholder\u2019s identity. Other charges showed around $500 spent on groceries \u2014 an amount Binn said he and his wife could not have gone through. \u201cShe\u2019s got a lot of \u2014 excuse the expression \u2014 balls,\u201d he added. The accounting firm he hired to review his accounts told him his cost of living had been cut in half. \u201cI think we were supporting her whole family,\u201d Binn said. Sanctuary Binn said he started the Binn Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in 2010. \u201cThe organization is a charitable foundation in the state of Connecticut,\u201d he said. The sanctuary cares for nearly 150 farm animals recovered from abusive living conditions, according to its website. Binn said that after Sandoval was hired as a housekeeper, she gradually took on more and more responsibilities at the sanctuary. Eventually, she was placed in charge of hiring staff, as well as feeding some of the animals. \u201cShe was in a very trusted position,\u201d Binn said. \u201cUnfortunately, we didn\u2019t check out her references, because she\u2019s probably done this before.\u201d The animal sanctuary is not suffering financially after the theft. \u201cFortunately not, thank God,\u201d Binn said. \u201cWe have the money to keep the sanctuary going \u2026 but it would have been if she hadn\u2019t been caught.\u201d Sandoval is due to appear in Danbury Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 19.