New Haven Employee Who Embezzled More Than $100K Sentenced

A former New Haven municipal employee who embezzled more than $100,000 from the city has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Daniel Lion, of Hamden, was also fined $7,500 and ordered to make full restitution during his sentencing Friday. He also must perform 300 hours of community service.

He pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud in May.

Court documents say New Haven employed the 65-year-old Lion for about 40 years, most recently in the accounting department.

Federal prosecutors say he used the city’s accounting software to issue extra paychecks over about 16 years. Lion would cut himself vacation paychecks and then delete those entries, causing the system to also issue his regular paycheck.

He has been ordered to report to prison Dec. 4.