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2 women charged with embezzling AFSCME funds

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The following photos of Betty Dasher-Wood and China Byrd were provided by the Woodbridge Police Department. The following photos of Betty Dasher-Wood and China Byrd were provided by the Woodbridge Police Department.
WOODBRIDGE, CT (WFSB) -

The former president and treasurer of the Woodbridge branch of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union are accused of embezzling thousands of dollars and using the cash at restaurants, hair salons, and various stores.

In November 2012, the new president of the AFSCME Local 478 in Woodbridge contacted police about reports that funds had been misappropriated.

The president told police that when he took office, he "discovered an inordinate number of unauthorized expenditures" made by the previous elected president Betty Dasher-Wood, and treasurer China Byrd.

During their investigation, authorities did a forensic audit on the purchases made by Dasher-Wood and Byrd on their union bank checks and credit cards.

Investigators discovered that the money was spent at the following locations:

  • Restaurants
  • Hair salons
  • Nail salons
  • Pharmacies
  • Department stores
  • Private motor vehicle repairs

Authorities determined that Dasher-Wood and Byrd each used $37,000 for personal expenses.

Dasher-Wood, 51, of Hamden and Byrd, 40, of New Haven were arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree larceny and first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. Both were released on a $75,000 bond.

Byrd is scheduled to be arraigned at New Haven Superior Court on Oct. 3 and Dasher-Wood will be in court on Oct. 7.

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