ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A St. George woman was arrested on multiple counts of theft after the company she worked for discovered nearly $350,000 in monetary loss from its bank accounts.
According to charging documents, police were called on January 30 by a St. George real estate company to report one of its employees, Enid Brown, had embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company over several years.
Brown was employed as the office manager controller which gave her access to the company bank accounts. During a recorded conversation with the business, Brown admitted to taking money from the company over a three-year period and estimated the amount to be around $150,000.
Several of the partners with the company started to go over their bank statements and learned the amount was closer to $350,000.
The money had been taken from two different accounts.
Brown admitted that it all started with their petty cash and she could start using the company’s credit card that belonged to one of the partners. She would use Venmo to transfer money to her kids as well as use the ATM to withdraw money from the company’s account.
Brown allegedly altered some of the bank statements for the company in order to hide the monetary losses.
The company provided altered bank statements with a taped piece of paper with fictitious amounts over the actual amounts from the bank.
The business estimated Brown had taken out as much as $10,000 to $12,000 out of its
accounts in just one month. The 2016 loss was captured at $92,854.92, the 2017 loss was $115,648.20
and the 2018 loss was $139,393.03 for a total theft to the company of $347,896.15.
Detectives contacted Brown who originally said she would speak to them but her attorney informed them she would not.
Brown was arrested and charged with five counts of second-degree felony theft, one count of misdemeanor theft, unlawful dealing of property by a fiduciary (for her trusted position dealing with the companies finances), and one count of unlawful possession of a financial card (for the use of the company’s debit card).
Brown was booked into the Washington County Jail with a bail amount of $10,000.