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How To Deal With Fraud Charges

crime-fraudAccording to an article in WPTV News, a 34-year-old woman faces felony charges after St. Lucie County sheriff’s investigators determined more than $40,000 was stolen from a business where she worked as an office manager, according to recently released records.

Misty Dawn McCoy was arrested Nov. 27 on organized fraud and second-degree grand theft charges following the incidents relating to Teacher’s Place day care in the 3300 block of South 25th Street. A Teacher’s Place representative told sheriff’s investigators in September she suspected McCoy, the office manager, of stealing. She said she knew of at least $520 missing from recent deposits.

Teacher’s Place representatives confronted McCoy about the missing money. McCoy said she “stole the money,” using it to pay her bills. McCoy, who said she took the money “over a period of time,” asked to be able to repay the money and she was fired.

McCoy e-mailed the representatives and apologized for taking the money. She again asked to repay the money, and attached to her e-mail was a “payback agreement” to pay $25,000 to the Teacher’s Place representatives. The representatives determined money had been taken from January 2008 to September. A sheriff’s official reviewed documents provided by the representatives and learned slightly more than $40,000 was stolen.

“The money was taken by not depositing the full amount of cash received by the business,” a warrant affidavit states. “The bank deposits were shorted by various amounts.”

McCoy was released Nov. 27 from the St. Lucie County Jail on $50,000 bail, a jail official said Tuesday.

Fraud and Grand Theft Defense

Fraud and Grand Theft are serious crimes that are committed all too often. However, everyone has a different story. If you have been charged with Fraud or Grand Theft, you could be looking at anywhere from five to 30 years in jail, not to mention the fines. Have a criminal defense lawyer explain the actions you need to take to resolve your case. If you have been charged with fraud or grand theft, the only person who can help you now is a criminal defense lawyer.

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