Monday, September 27, 2010

Former Financial Assistant Of New Orleans Saints Owner Charged With Embezzling Nearly $1.5 Million From 5 Companies

Charlotte Troxler, 46, of Luling, Louisiana, has been charged with embezzling nearly $1.1 million from three companies owned by Tom Benson - the owner of the New Orleans Saints, where she had served as the long-time financial assistant. According to a criminal information filed against her, Troxler wrote checks from company accounts of Benson Properties, Benson Football L.L.C., and Bensco of Louisiana, L.L.C., payable to phony and unauthorized payees, which she then deposited into her own accounts. The thefts reportedly occurred over a period of at least two years, from at least 2004 until 2006. However, the thefts could have spanned as long as 21 years, beginning in 1985, when she was first hired by Tom Benson. Troxler allegedly stole $1,066,038.45 from Tom Benson's companies. Troxler is also accused of embezzling from Leson Chevrolet Company and Ray Brandt Automobile Dealership, where she had been employed as financial controller. Troxler was employed by Leson Chevrolet for about 3 months in 2009 and Ray Brant Autos from November 2008 to July 2009. The criminal information alleges Troxler embezzled a total of $196,316.08 from Leson Chevrolet and $228,316.22 from Ray Brant Autos. Troxler owns a beauty salon, Vous Salon & Spa, located in Paradis, Louisiana, which she started in late 2005.

Read the story here, here and here.

Read the criminal information here and read the DOJ announcement here.

I wonder where the money came from to start the salon???

Hat tip: Reader Joe.

Update (11/10/10): Troxler pleaded guilty as charged in the Bill of Information. Sentencing is scheduled for March 1, 2011.

Update (4/7/11): Troxler was sentenced to 46 months in prison ordered to pay $1,066,038.45 in restitution. 

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