Former healthcare worker pleads guilty to embezzlement

A former employee of Yale New Haven Health System (“YNHHS”) pleaded guilty to theft related to an embezzlement program.

Lorita Fair joined the YNHHS staff in January 2020 as a payroll temp and four months later was promoted to a full-time position as a payroll clerk. According to the charges against her, Fair created fraudulent entries in YNHHS’ payroll system that resulted in Fair and two other people receiving salary payments to which they were not entitled.

The fraudulent payments were made through direct deposits from the YNHHS payroll system into the personal bank accounts of Fair and the other two individuals, who then returned to Fair a portion of the fraudulent salary payments they each received. As a result of these actions, which took place between June and December 2020, Fair received $116,260.41 in fraudulent salary payments.

Fair is out on $50,000 bail and will be sentenced on July 27. She agreed to give the YNHHS, which owns Greenwich and Bridgeport hospitals, a full refund.

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