North Carolina man charged with defrauding Connecticut firm

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A North Carolina man is accused of defrauding a Connecticut company out of more than $350,000 through a charity matching gift program.

Steven Strange is charged with using his company’s matching gift program by submitting fraudulent records of donations to a charity he created, from 2016 to 2019.

According to federal court documents, he fabricated cashier’s checks that were counterfeit variations of original sample checks. He’s charged with wire fraud.

He worked for North Carolina-based Collins Aerospace, which is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. based in Connecticut.

If convicted, the Bailey, North Carolina man face a maximum of 20 years in prison. The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It was not made immediately clear if Strange had a lawyer representing him in court.

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