A Portland woman has been charged with embezzling and identity theft after allegedly using her friends' and co-workers' names to defraud Windsor's Residence Inn of approximately $14,000, according to Windsor Police.
Cori K. Magnotta, 29, began working for the Residence Inn on Dufey Lane in October 2011 as a general manager and quit just two months later, but retained sensitive information and company software, which enabled her to allegedly make fraudulent purchases of Marriott Reward Points and items "that were no longer on the hotel property after her departure," police said.
According to an affidavit obtained in court, Magnotta allegedly made the fraudulent transactions between October 2011 and January 2013, and, following a lengthy investigation by Windsor Police, was taken into custody on Jan. 29, 2013.
In addition to the Marriott Reward Points — which cost Residence Inn $12,831 — Magnotta allegedly purchased a Canon PowerShot 100 digital camera and three Marriot gift cards valued at $625. The gift cards and the camera were billed to the hotel, according to the affidavit.
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According to Police, Magnotta allegedly created fraudulent profiles to make the purchases, and even used the names of friends in Connecticut and New Jersey and had gift cards shipped to their addresses.
The investigation conducted by Windsor Police also revealed Magnotta redeemed points on a number of gift cards and had merchandise shipped to her home, including:
- A Cuisinart Blender/Food Processor
- An Ikon Hemisphere LCD Blender
- A Hewlett Packard PhotoSmart Printer
- $500 in Nordstrom Gift Cards
- Thousands of Dollars in Marriot Gift Cards
Magnotta is due to appear in court again on Feb. 27, 2013.
Court documents reveal she was released from custody after posting bonds amounting to $3,750.
Court documents also reveal she has applied for accelerated rehabilitation, a special probation program enabling an individual's criminal record to be wiped clean following a successful probation period.