Police: Seven-Month Embezzlement Scheme Led to $25,000 in Losses for Local Business

Wolcott residents Holly Miner and David Pinto are facing charges after police said the two were involved in a scheme to take money from Computer Tune and Lube through unauthorized pay increases and bonuses while Miner was an employee.

Holly Miner. (Credit: Southington Police Department)
Holly Miner. (Credit: Southington Police Department)
A seven-month embezzlement scheme has ended in the arrest of the former bookkeeper at Computer Tune and Lube on Queen Street and her boyfriend after officials said the two defrauded the business of more than $25,000.

Holly Miner, 32, and David Pinto, 36, both of 208 Beach Road in Wolcott, each turned themselves in to Southington police on Wednesday after learning there were warrants out for their arrest.

Miner is facing charges of first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, three counts of third-degree forgery and two counts of illegal use of a credit card. Pinto was charged with criminal liability in the commission of a first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny.

“These warrants were issued as a result of an investigation where Holly Miner was embezzling money from Computer Tune and Lube on Queen Street in Southington.  Miner was employed by Computer Tune and Lube as a book keeper from July 2012 until June 2013,” said Southington Police Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz.

“During that time frame, Miner provided herself with unauthorized pay raises and bonuses.  Miner also made unauthorized purchases of auto parts using the company's credit card.  David Pinto was a beneficiary of Miner's embezzled funds.”

The two were able to obtain $25, 274.29 over the seven-month period, Dobratz said. Miner was terminated as an employee after the discrepancies were discovered, police said.

Both were released after posting $10,000 court set non-surety bonds. They are due in Bristol Superior Court for arraignment on Dec. 23.

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