CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Representatives of Turbine Generator Maintenance (TGM) reported a theft from the business on Aug. 11, 2010. TGM representatives stated that an employee, Amy Bennett, had used the company credit cards to obtain unauthorized funds via Pay Pal.
Amy Bennett was the senior staff accountant at Turbine Generator Maintenance for several years. One of her duties was to obtain the business credit card statements, check them, and obtain the employees’ expense reports. Bennett did not have any actual cards in her possession; however, she did have the account number due to getting the statements from American Express.
Bennett used her knowledge of the American Express credit card numbers to make unauthorized Pay Pal transactions for her own personal benefit. The card holders (employees of Turbine Generator) had no knowledge that Bennett was using their card numbers to make unauthorized purchases.
All of the money taken was eventually transferred into Bennett’s personal bank account, used to make purchases from Pay Pal or other sources, or used to pay personal bills.
The total amount stolen via unauthorized Pay Pal charges is $122,900 dollars, and the total amount used to pay bills or make on-line purchases is $7,765 dollars.
Detective Tracy Hataway conducted the investigation and obtained an arrest warrant for Amy Bennett on charges of:
Grand Theft over $100,000 dollars (1st Degree Felony)
Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information over $50,000 (1st Degree Felony)
Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information over $5,000 (2nd Degree Felony)