Bookkeeper charged after AP audit uncovers embezzlement

The former bookkeeper of a West Virginia casino resort was recently charged with embezzlement after an accounts payable audit revealed she had misappropriated more than one million dollars over five years, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Between 2005 and 2010, Anita Ambler oversaw a Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort account used to pay prizes in thoroughbred races held at the facility. The AP audit found that she misappropriated the money and concealed the thefts by forging checks, making false deposits and fraudulently issuing checks to family members and a business she owned.

A recovery audit found that the total loss to Mountaineer was $1.2 million.

"This is a bigger case than we normally see for an embezzlement," said U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II, as quoted by the news source.

Ambler was able to misappropriate such a significant amount of funds over a five-year period by making fake entries into the resort's computer system and exploiting its weak supervisory checks. Conducting penetrative AP audits and instating a comprehensive system of checks and balances can help organizations reduce their risk of employee embezzlement. 

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