Former CT school administrator accused of boat licensing scheme
The former assistant superintendent of Cromwell Public Schools — who resigned last year amid accusations of an inappropriate relationship with a superior and a hostile work environment — has been arrested in connection with a boat licensing scheme, police said.
Krista Karch, 48, of Essex, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree forgery, conspiracy to commit second-degree forgery, third-degree telephone fraud and fourth-degree money laundering, police said.
Karch did not immediately respond Saturday to messages seeking comment.
Monroe Police Lt. Stephen Corrone said Karch, along with Orlando Dominguez, 41, of Bridgeport, were arrested following an investigation into a complaint his department received on Feb. 26 about the sale of a motor vehicle with a fraudulent title.
Dominguez was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree forgery, conspiracy to commit second-degree forgery, first-degree forgery and third-degree telephone fraud, police said.
Monroe detectives, with assistance from the Bridgeport Police Department, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Motor Vehicle Commercial Vehicle Safety Division, developed several suspects, Corrone said.
While executing search warrants, Corrone said police found evidence that pointed to a larger, well-organized counterfeiting organization.
“The investigation found that Dominguez produced counterfeit Connecticut and New York car titles, auto insurance cards, U.S currency, emissions paperwork and boating certificates,” Corrone said.
Corrone said investigators also learned that Karch is authorized by the state DEEP to provide boating licensing classes. Corrone said Karch was not providing the classes.
Instead, she was working with Dominguez, who arranged for forged boating certificates to be sold to individuals without the need of the required eight-hour class, Corrone said.
Dominguez and Karch were each released on $2,500 bond and are both due in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on Sept. 23.
Karch resigned from her position with the Cromwell schools in February 2019.
She and former Superintendent John T. Maloney Jr. were placed on leave as the Board of Education announced it was initiating an investigation into complaints of a hostile work environment. The investigation stemmed from an anonymous letter that said the environment led to the departure of numerous staff and teachers.
The letter also alleged that Karch and Maloney were engaged in an inappropriate personal relationship, according to a report on the matter from Hartford-based law firm Shipman & Goodwin.
The two resigned after they were seen together in a restaurant and were not transparent about the incident when confronted by the school board, officials said.
Staff writer Jeff Mill contributed to this story.