Sunday, April 5, 2009
Florida Bookkeeper Already Charged In $150K Embezzlement Case Now Faces Identity Theft Charge
Audrey Brooks, 43, of Palm Bay, Florida, who is already facing charges for embezzling some $150,000 from Beta Max Hoists, Inc., where she had been employed as a bookkeeper, now faces charges she utilized her former roomate's personal information to obtain a driver's license in Florida. She was arrested on the embezzlement charges February 5th, including 45 counts of grand theft and scheming to defraud, after an internal audit discovered the accounting discrepancies. Brooks reportedly used the personal information from a roommate she had 10 years ago from whom she had stolen her wallet. Brooks admitted to the embezzlement when confronted by police and claimed she took the money to support her three children, according to police. She reportedly created a false identify and used it to siphon money from the company by cashing checks made out to the false individual. The scheme lasted until she got laid off last October.