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Police: Southington woman embezzled thousands from lacrosse association, engineering company

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Courtney Wells is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a lacrosse organization and her employer. (Southington police photo) Courtney Wells is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a lacrosse organization and her employer. (Southington police photo)
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A woman from Southington is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a lacrosse organization and an engineering company.

Two warrants were issued for 48-year-old Courtney Wells, which were the result of an investigation that lasted several months. Wells was arrested on Wednesday morning.

Wells embezzled $98,955.04 from the Southington Lacrosse Association, according to police. They said she used the money for her own personal benefit.

Officer said she was the organization's treasurer.

As the investigation continued, police found that Wells embezzled an additional $376,099.55 from her employer, Jones Engineering LLC. Police said she worked there as a bookkeeper. 

Police said she was using the funds from her employer to reimburse what she took from the lacrosse organization.

Southington Lacrosse Association has been impacted by the embezzlement. However, it's not affecting the day to day activities yet. Folks told Eyewitness News games and practices continue at this time. 

"I can't find words to express stealing from a fund that benefits children. I don't know where that would come from inside a person to do that," Southington parent Colleen Conway said.

Parents told Eyewitness News that they were stunned to hear about the arrest. 

"I think it's awful, we can't trust anybody. Who are you going to hire? We're hiring people to help our kids, beautiful park and things going on and you can't even trust somebody," Debbie Hankey, of Southington, said. 

"It's really disappointing to hear that there could be funds taken from a program that seems to be very special to kids, especially my son's age group where a special sport like that where the program really needs to have the money bookmarked for something not offered otherwise," Conway said.

Wells was charged with first-degree larceny and second-degree money laundering in one warrant and first-degree larceny and first-degree forgery in the second.

Her bonds totaled $150,000.

Wells faced a judge in Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday.

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