Monday, April 27, 2009

Washington State Bookkeeper Charged With $500+K Theft

Susan R. Arrington, 55, of Marysville, Washington, was charged Friday with first-degree theft in the alleged embezzlement of $531,363 from VisualGraphics Inc., where she had been employed as a bookkeeper. Arrington had been hired over 20 years ago by Don and Janice Whitson who had started the business back in the 1970s. According to prosecutors, since 2002, Arrington wrote some 340 checks that she forged and deposited into her own accounts. However, it is believed that Arrington's embezzlement started long before 2002. The thefts have ruined the family business and put on hold the owner's plans to retire, according to reports. The Whitson's have filed a civil action against Arrington to recover some of the funds.

Read the story here, here and here.

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