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Tuscan owner charged with issuing for bad check for $5,000

Published 5:22 pm, Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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Marc Minella, 34, of 814 Hollow Tree Road, Darien, the owner of the now-defunct Tuscan Osteria e Mercato restaurant in New Canaan, was charged on Tuesday, March 19, with issuing a bad check, which is a felony.

According to police, Minella wrote a check for $5,000 to a company for a propane fuel delivery for the restaurant on Dec. 26. When the company didn't receive the money, it went to the police, who said the complainant received an "insufficient funds" message from the bank.

Police sent a letter -- first to an out-of-date, then an up-to-date address -- warning Minella to pay the money owed to the company. He did not, said police, who filed for a warrant for his arrest on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Minella did not respond to the warrant, police said. However, when he was pulled over in a traffic stop by Darien police on Tuesday, March 19, New Canaan police were alerted, according to the report, and he was brought into custody.

He posted a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, March 28.