MOUNT VERNON, WA – An employee of a local auto dealership has been charged with four counts of First Degree Theft after an investigation by management of the dealership and Mount Vernon Police determined that $225,717.75 was missing from the businesses’ bank account.
According to the Arrest Warrant Declaration by Mount Vernon Police, and obtained by SkagitBreaking.com, the General Manager of the dealership contacted police in April of 2015 to report the discovery of over $200,000.00 they believed had been stolen by their office manager between 2012 and 2015.
The arrest warrant states that in February 2015, another employee of the business noticed a check for $5,000 that had been written on Nov. 11, 2014, and was both made-out-to and signed-by the suspect. The employee also discovered that a $2000 cash payment was logged as being made to the account that same day but the money had not been deposited.
Those discrepancies led to a comprehensive internal investigation by the auto dealership, who confronted the suspect on April 2, 2015 and asked her about pay advances she had given herself without proper authorization. The suspect allegedly admitted she hadn’t received authorization for the cash advances, made between 2012 and 2015, but she was adamant in stating she had paid the money back.
The suspect was then placed on administrative leave and was asked to provide documentation of where the money came from that she said she had paid back to the business. She is alleged to have been unable to provide that proof.
The arrest document also states that the suspect later sent a text message to the owners, apologizing and stating she thought she had paid the money back. A copy of the text message was included in the probable cause affidavit, and a portion of it states, “I really want and need my job and I’m willing to do what I can to keep it and regain your trust again.”
A Mount Vernon Police Detective interviewed the suspect on June 6, 2015, and the detective states that the woman admitted to stealing the money from the cash account, and to admitting that the money was not a draw or loan. The detective also stated that the suspect said she had substantial debt from credit cards and a student loan, she apologized numerous times throughout the interview, and said, “I’m so sorry, this is not like me and I was sure I had paid it back.”
After a recent continuance, a trial date in the case has been set for April 11, 2016 in Skagit County Superior Court.