The former bookkeeper for a contracting company in Irvine, California, is facing charges of embezzlement after an accounts payable audit revealed that more than $1 million had been stolen from the firm.
According to The Orange County Register, Rebecca Moore worked for Dan Miller Inc. as both controller and bookkeeper. She conducted the illegal scheme from July 2003 to October 2011, in which she managed to embezzle approximately $1.7 million from the company's accounts. The news source reports that investigators allege that Moore stole the funds by forging her supervisor's name on checks she made out to herself. To cover up her theft, she created fraudulent entries for Miller's financial records which made it appear as though the payments had been made to vendors. Moore is accused of using the embezzled money to pay off personal debt as well as to purchase homes and timeshares in California, Las Vegas and Hawaii.
The Orange County District Attorney's Office reports that Moore is charged with grand theft by embezzlement, forgery, computer access fraud and falsifying records. She faces up to 36 years in prison if convicted of the crimes.