Former New Canaan Chase Bank employee Stephen DeCrescenzo
, 36, of 9 Apple Tree Terrace, West Haven, turned himself over to New Canaan police on Nov. 1 and was charged with two counts of first-degree larceny.
After his morning appearance in Stamford on Friday, DeCrescenzo's attorney, Mark Sherman, said given his recent election win, DeCrescenzo "is sensitive to the fact that this is a delicate situation, but he is innocent until proven guilty.
On election day following his
was the biggest vote-getter of the four at-large city council candidates in West Haven and was returned to his
council seat for a fifth time.
The case was first heard in Norwalk and then transferred to the Part A docket in Stamford, where the most serious cases in the area are adjudicated.
According to a police press release, the investigation into DeCrescenzo
, who because of his
position as city council chairman is first in line of succession to become mayor, was placed under investigation in early August after Chase Bank security called police to report fraudulent activity involving the accounts of three customers.
An investigation showed that DeCrescenzo, whose title was bank relationship manager, allegedly embezzled the money from two accounts and used a third account to filter the money, the release said.
The councilman, who began his
career at a beverage company, moved up the banking ladder quickly.
According to a resume contained in his court file, in 2007 he was president and branch manager at Cornerstone Mortgage in Essex.
From there he went to Bank of America in Norwich, where he was a small business specialist.
He began working for Chase Bank in Milford in 2011, where he was also a small business specialist.
In 2012 he
was brought to the New Canaan branch, where he
was hired to increase business customers and work outside the branch to develop new banking relationships in New Canaan and Wilton.
After his arrest, DeCrescenzo was held by police on $300,000 bond, but the banker was released the following day by a Norwalk judge after signing a written promise to appear.
According to his
arrest affidavit, DeCrescenzo
had been moving money around different accounts since last October.
Chase investigators gave police the copies of all the withdrawal slips that were used and time-stamped still pictures obtained from the surveillance system showing DeCrescenzo at the teller window submitting the slips and receiving cash, the affidavit said.
While it is not uncommon for a personal banker to retrieve money for customers and bring it back to his
office to give it to waiting customers, none of the customers he
was withdrawing money from were in the bank at the time, the affidavit said.
was seen on camera returning to his
desk with the envelope full of money and putting it into his
moved the envelope into his
personal backpack, the affidavit said.