Wednesday, September 14, 2011

South Carolina Woman Charged With Embezzling Nearly $500K From Auto Dealership

Charity Chastain, 56, formerly of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, has been charged with embezzling at least $490,168 from Stokes Automotive, where she had been employed as a chief financial officer.  According to authorities, Chastain forged checks or tricked the owner into signing others that went to her benefit, such as paying her mortgage and other personal vendors as well as several made out to her son, son's business and her former boyfriend.  The scheme spanned nearly 6 years, from 2005 until February 2011.  Chastain had been planning on retiring to Costa Rica and was arrested in Florida following her return to the US to face the charges in this case.

Read the story here.

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