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Norwalk Police: Stamford Woman Bounced $24K Check

NORWALK, Conn. – A Stamford woman was arrested by Norwalk police Tuesday for allegedly bouncing a $24,140 check in an effort to reduce a debt incurred in running a Norwalk business, police say.

Celina Romero , 51, of 72 Van Buren Circle, is an employee of World Latino Express , located at 25 S. Main St., according to the affidavit. She wrote the check in September to Sigue Corp. , a money transfer financial service company that helps stores send money to Latin America.

World Latino Express accepts money from customers and Sigue then sends that amount of cash to its destination. World Latino Express then deposits the money in a bank account the next day. But by Sept. 7, Romero had run up a $58,887 debt to Sigue since beginning the arrangement with the company in August.

On Sept. 23, an employee of Sigue contacted police to say she had been swindled, said Sgt. Lisa Cotto. Police say Romero admitted she owed the money but said she was trying to pay it. Romero said another check was cashed before Sigue tried to cash the $24,140 check she wrote, and she was working to get a loan to pay the bill, according to the affidavit.

Norwalk detectives were given the case in November. A prosecutor with Stamford Superior Court said the $58,887 debt was a civil matter but bouncing a check was a criminal case. Romero was charged with first-degree larceny and issuing a bad check. Bond was set at $50,000.

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