New larcency charges filed against Westporter facing long list of accusations
Updated 3:12 pm, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A Westport woman charged earlier this year with illegally acquiring tens of thousands of dollars worth of possessions, either by writing bad checks or theft, faces new criminal charges this week in both Westport and Fairfield.
Lynn Marie Sclafani, 50, of West Parish Road, was charged Monday on a warrant issued by Westport police alleging that she purchased an iPhone 5 from Verizon Wireless by writing a bad check. She was charged with sixth-degree larceny and issuing a bad check. She was released on a promise to have appeared Wednesday in Norwalk Superior Court.
Meanwhile, Sclafani was charged Monday on warrants by Fairfield police with larceny and evading responsibility for a motor vehicle accident.
In Fairfield, she faces a charge of third-degree larceny by scheme after police were contacted March 13 by Marshall's, 700 Post Road, Fairfield. Police said that Sclafani had issued $5,735 worth of bad checks to the store between Jan. 20 through 29.
Sclafani was also charged by Fairfield police with evading responsibility and following too closely after a March 9 accident near the same store on Post Road. The driver of the other car told police she was stopped at the red traffic light when she was hit from behind. She pulled into the parking lot at Sunny Daes ice cream shop, expecting the other driver, later identified by police as Sclafani, to follow. Instead, she said, Sclafani left the scene, weaving in and out of traffic.
Westport police, meanwhile, have 10 other charges currently pending against Sclafani in Norwalk Superior Court, including several larcenies, issuing a bad check, breach of peace and a motor vehicle charge for failure to carry insurance. Norwalk police also have a pending larceny charge against Sclafani.
In March, Westport police had arrested Sclafani after they said they found concrete planters and benches, figurines and a marble fountain at her home, all items reported stolen from the Glen Leroux antiques store on Riverside Avenue. They also found wooden benches police said were stolen from the Westport Arts Center and two benches taken from the Ultima Thule hair salon on Saugatuck Avenue.
The stolen items were discovered while police were investigating a disturbance Sclafani was accused of creating at a Westport pharmacy.
Sclafani was arrested again in April by Westport police, charged with obtaining more than $30,000 worth of home furnishings and artwork by writing bad checks.
She was held Monday on bonds totaling $32,500 by Fairfield police and is scheduled to appear May 16 in Bridgeport Superior Court on the Fairfield charges.