Midvale woman accused of bilking mortgage company out of $175,000
By Janelle Stecklein
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published Jul 15 2013 11:29AM
A 28-year-old woman is facing multiple felony charges Monday after police said she cheated her employer out of more than $175,000 during the past year.
Police said the Midvale woman was serving as the marketing director for a mortgage company between July 2012 and June 2013 and was in charge or ordering promotional items and paying for promotional events, according to charging documents filed Monday in 3rd District Court.
But when it came time to purchase promotional items, police allege the woman would begin to fill an online order until she reached the final stage. She’d then take a photo of the screen, print it out and cancel the order, charging documents show.
She’d present that screen shot to her employers, tell them she paid for the order with her own credit card and receive reimbursement from the company.
Police said she submitted 10 fraudulent reimbursements totaling $175,474.61 before the company figured it out in June.
Her scheme unraveled in June after a banquet services company called to inquire about why a bill for $44,565 hadn’t been paid. The woman insisted the bill had been paid and brought in an American Express bill to prove it.
But an American Express employee examined the bill and determined it was a forgery.
The woman has been charged with 10 counts of communications fraud and one count of a pattern of unlawful activity, all second-degree felonies, and one count of forgery, a third-degree felony.