Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Woman Charged With Embezzling From Employer

A Golden Gate Estates woman was arrested today after deputies say she embezzled nearly $14,000 from a former employer to pay her personal debts.

Tamy Sue French-Margerison, 37, 2731 Orange Grove Trail, was arrested on a warrant charging her with scheming to defraud-under $20,000.

Reports say French-Margerison wrote payroll checks without permission or authorization from her employer, Gray Concrete Inc., 2290 Oakes Blvd, Golden Gate Estates, where she was a secretary/bookkeeper.

An Economic Crimes Unit investigation revealed French-Margerison was converting funds totaling $13,843.83 from Gray Construction’s payroll account from Dec. 1, 2006, to June 1, 2007.
She used the money to pay personal debts such as her credit card bill, phone bill and homeowner association taxes, investigators said.

She also gave $1,500 of the company’s money to the Palmetto Ridge High School band boosters club for a school trip, investigators said.

The theft was discovered after French-Margerison was laid off from the company on June 1, 2007, and a review of the company’s financial records was conducted.