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Woman Charged With Return Scam At Fairfield Stores

Larisa Lein, 52, of Trumbull was charged with third-degree larceny.
Larisa Lein, 52, of Trumbull was charged with third-degree larceny. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Fairfield Police

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Trumbull woman has been accused of being involved in a scheme that is suspected of taking $126,000 via fraudulent returns at stores in Fairfield and other towns, police say.

The suspects would buy items at Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx stores in the area, and then place the store’s price tags onto lesser-valued items, according to police reports. Another member of the four-person group would then return the item at a different location of the same chain and keep the cash, police say. Investigators believe that the group made 1,298 returns with a total value of more than $126,000, according to police reports.

Larisa Lein, 52, of Trumbull was linked to six of the returns involving stores in Fairfield, police say. She was arrested on a warrant Friday morning. Lein was charged with third-degree larceny, a felony. She was released after posting a $7,500 bond, and is due in court Feb. 1.

Fairfield police charged a Weston woman for her involvement in a similar scam at the same chain late last year, according to arrest reports. Investigators have not yet found a connection between these incidents, but the cases still being investigated, police say.