Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Former Vineyards Bookkeeper Charged With Fraud

A former longtime bookkeeper for the Vineyards Golf and Country Club was arrested Tuesday on charges she stole more than $50,000 during her employment.

Ellen Mary Manion, 76, 3565 Kent Drive, East Naples, was arrested on a warrant charging her with scheming to defraud over $50,000, a first-degree felony.

Reports say Manion was the bookkeeper at the upscale North Naples development for 17 years before she was let go in December 2005.

After she left, Vineyards employees discovered a shortage in the operating account, reports said.

A Collier County Sheriff’s Office investigation of the financial records for the Vineyards revealed more than $50,000 was missing from bank deposits during 2003, 2004 and 2005, reports said.

Manion was in charge of making the deposits as well as reconciling the financial books for the Vineyards during that time, reports said.