Ronnisha Carney, 24, of Winchester Avenue, New Haven, gave police a false name when she was charged in connection with an investigation into the fraudulent return of merchandise to Marshall's and TJ Maxx stores in Connecticut and New York, police said this week.

A group had been shoplifting merchandise from area stores and returning the goods, without a receipt, to different store locations. According to police, this had been going on since 2009, garnering participants $32,000 from the fraud.

Fairfield police got involved in June of this year after an incident was reported by Marshall's, 700 Post Road.

Carney was arrested Tuesday at Bridgeport Superior Court on a warrant. She was charged with fourth-degree larceny, and three counts each of third-degree identity theft and criminal impersonation.

She was held on a $1,000 bond and arraigned later that day.