Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Virginia Couple Accused Of Embezzling $400K From Mechanical Contracting Company In Civil Suit

From the Virginia-Pilot on 12/16/2014:

A local mechanical contractor is suing its former accounting manager and her husband, saying the couple embezzled more than $400,000 to buy boats and real estate and open accounts in their names.

The lawsuit accuses Chesapeake resident Lynda C. Johnson of taking unspecified sums of money from Comfort Systems of Virginia Inc., a plumbing, sheet-metal and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company, and covering her tracks by disguising the transfers as company expenses. Her husband, Roger Dale Johnson, helped, according to the complaint filed this month in Circuit Court.
Police are investigating, and criminal charges are pending against Lynda Johnson, Officer Kelly O'Sullivan, a police spokeswoman, wrote in an email.

Lynda Johnson had access to Comfort's financial records and began depositing company money into the couple's joint bank accounts in August 2013, according to the suit. She wrote checks to petty cash, wired funds and obtained cashier's checks, the suit says.

The Johnsons then used the money to buy and improve real estate, open investment and retirement accounts and purchase multiple boats: a 2012 Bayliner 170, a 2007 Four Winns 318 and a 2000 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer, the lawsuit says.

It accuses the couple of fraud, civil conspiracy and conversion, and seeks to recover what the company lost.


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