Berlin woman accused of embezzling $84K from Plainville company

Published on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:51


PLAINVILLE - A Berlin woman has been accused of embezzling about $84,000 from a Plainville company when she worked there.

Denise Miranda, 53, faces one count of first-degree larceny.

Her husband, Wilkins Miranda, 43, has also been charged and faces one count of making a false statement.

According to the arrest warrant, Denise Miranda was hired at Independent Materials Testing Laboratory, on North Washington Street, in February 2017 and put in charge of the company’s payroll. At that time, her last name was Palmese, the warrant said.

In July 2018, the owner of Independent Materials noticed that the balance of the bank account for the company was negative. He then found several checks made payable to Denise Palmese, totaling $17,000, the warrant said.

According to the warrant, police later found the total amount of money misappropriated was $84,844.

Denise Miranda told investigators that she and the owner of Independent Materials had an agreement in which he gave her extra money for some financial problems she was having, according to the warrant. The owner denied this.

Investigators also spoke to Wilkins Miranda during the investigation, and he told them he was issued several checks from Independent Materials Testing Laboratory for work he was contracted to do from home, the warrant said. The owner of the company denied this, police wrote in the warrant.

Denise Miranda is free on $25,000 bond, and Wilkins Miranda is free on $1,000 bond after they were charged on Aug. 29. They are scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Oct. 16.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:51. Updated: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:53.