BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (KMSP) - A bookkeeper for a Brooklyn Park medical supply company is accused of stealing more than $1.5 million from her employer. She allegedly made checks out to herself, and even forged her boss’s signature.
Earlier this month, she was fired. And now the company is trying to get back the money they say she took. Reliable Medical Supply alleges former accounts payable clerk, Stephanie Davis, wrote "four checks a month to herself between $4,000 and $9,500 each" by forging the CEO's signature and falsifying records.
The lawsuit said Davis finally was caught when the CFO noticed a couple checks missing from the books, and asked her for them. When she did not find them, he found the checks and they were made out to her.
By the time Davis was caught, the complaint said she used stolen funds to buy or make mortgage payments on eight properties, and to buy a couple of Fords, a trailer, snowmobile, and pontoon boat.
Reliable Medical Supply released a statement to Fox 9 that says, in part: "It was a sad day for the company when we learned that a longtime employee has apparently taken advantage of her position to steal company funds over at least a ten year period. Our employees feel a sense of betrayal and shock."
But allegations of embezzlement against bookkeepers are not new. Last September, Stephanie Castillo pleaded guilty to embezzling more than a million dollars from her mother's company. A month before that, the Hennepin County attorney charged bookkeeper Karen Breyette with embezzling nearly $700,000 from Penrad Technologies.
Back at the Davis residence in Maple Grove, Stephanie and her husband said they did not want to comment until they met with their attorney. Both she and her husband are being sued.
Police were not able to tell Fox 9 whether there is any criminal investigation.