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Employee who stole $889,425 from Greenwich couple sentenced

March 6, 2019

GREENWICH — A man who stole more than $800,000 from his employers in Greenwich was sentenced to 37 months of imprisonment in federal court.

Georges Avridor, 43, most recently of Valley Street, Greenwich, was working as a driver for a Greenwich couple from 2013 through 2016. Authorities said he entered their home, stole checks, forged signatures and made substantial withdrawals from their joint account at a local bank. On other occasions, he transferred funds to his own account, the indictment said.

Avridor stole $889,425 through that scheme, federal investigators found. He used some of the funds to take an African safari and to rent luxury sports cars.

Avridor was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport.

The defendant pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud in April of 2018. He was released on a $50,000 bond, but he wasn’t out of custody for long. After his release on the federal charges, he was arrested in Stamford for using a credit card belonging to another individual and for cashing fake checks of forgery. He was renting an apartment at the Biltmore building on Greyrock Place, and police said the landlord called them when he realized the new renter was impersonating someone else whose credit card account had been reported hijacked.

Avridor was hit with larceny and identity theft charges for that scheme, according to court records, and he has been in state custody since those charges were filed.

Avridor will be deported to Haiti when he is released from prison, according to federal authorities.

The defendant has a criminal history dating to the 1990’s. When Avridor was working at a Stamford photo shop in 1995, he was charged with 13 counts of illegal use of a credit card, and a felony count of larceny. He lived previously in Greenwich and Stamford.

The case was investigated by the Greenwich Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service and Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force.