AP audit discovers $25,000 embezzlement by employee

The former employee of a dog treat distributor in Cleveland, North Carolina, has been charged with embezzlement, forgery and identity theft after an accounts payable audit revealed that she stole approximately $25,000 from her boss.

According to the Salisbury Post, Racheal Kramer was hired by Alphonso Myers, owner of Tarheel Dog Treats, in June of last year. She began embezzling from her boss and the company on her first day of employment. Investigators allege that Kramer opened up several credit card accounts under Myers' name without his permission. She also wrote checks from the business' account, forging her boss' signature. Kramer then used the money to purchase a variety of items, including groceries, restaurant bills, and clothing at department stores. An accounts payable audit was conducted after Myers noticed discrepancies in his financial statements, and he subsequently fired Kramer a month after she had started working for the company, states the news source.

Kramer is facing eight counts of forgery of an instrument, three counts of identity theft and one count of embezzlement.

Tarheel Dog Treats specializes in wholesale distribution to retail and pet shops of American-made dog treats, according to its website. The products that the company sells are comprised of natural bone from federally and state inspected plants.

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