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Tax accountant charged with bilking Stamford client

January 30, 2019 GMT

STAMFORD - A Bronx tax preparer was arrested Tuesday for bilking one of her Stamford tax client’s accounts to pay for her personal car insurance bill.

Police say that Rayne Parker-Tenor, 51, of Bayview Avenue, used her knowledge of her tax client’s finances to open an insurance policy, without the client’s permission, in her 94-year-old father’s name and bill it to the tune of $12,700, over a two-year period, her four-page arrest affidavit said.

After turning herself over to police in the morning, Parker Tenore was arraigned on a second-degree larceny charge at the Stamford courthouse Tuesday and released after posting a $25,000 court appearance bond.

The arrest stemmed from a complaint made by a 47-year-old Stamford man who told police last May that someone had made 24 charges between Feb. 2016 and July 2018 from his bank account to pay for an insurance policy he never authorized.

A few months later the same man called Stamford police financial crimes investigator Sean Coughlin to report that while working with a Progressive Insurance investigator they made a break-through in the case and identified the suspect as Parker-Tenore.

The man said Parker-Tenore had been his tax accountant for the past five or six years and that she had access to his bank account information for the tax purposes of direct deposit, the affidavit says. Working with Progressive, police discovered that the insurance polity was written to cover a 94-year-old man in the Bronx named Arthur Parker.

After unsuccessful attempts were made to get Parker-Tenore to come into police headquarters and talk about the case, Coughlin and investigator Mike Stempien went to visit the elder Mr. Parker in the Bronx. He told them he did not have enough money to pay insurance on a 2009 Toyota and that his daughter Rayne Parker-Tenore took care of that.

While taking a statement, Parker asked if he could call his daughter and the investigators agreed. When she became aware that the police officers were talking to her father, she demanded to know what it was all about.

Coughlin told her that she knew very well what it was all about and he explained that she opened an insurance policy in her father’s name that was being paid for by one of her tax clients.

She said that was impossible. “I asked Parker-Tenore how she believed her insurance was being paid, to which she stated, “My dad would pay it.” I looked at Mr. Parker and told him that Rayne just stated he was paying for this. Arthur Parker responded by saying, “She just lied to you.”” the affidavit said.

No plea was entered during her arraignment on Tuesday.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com