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Accountants Behaving Badly: Boozin’ It Up, Embezzling Old Folks’ Home, Fake Robbery In India

Plus, two bookkeepers—one for a church and the other for an accounting firm—are busted for stealing money.

Trainee accountant stole £60,000 from boss to fund six months of hard drinking [Metro]
Jake Currie used his job as a trainee accountant to fake invoices and frittered away £40,000 of the money he stole on getting wasted and having a good time. The rest of the money went toward a £10,000 BMW from a used car dealership and £9,000 for his mortgage.

Jake Currie

Authorities say between Feb. 27 and Sept. 3, 2018, Currie, 26, transferred £58,127.27 from NUCO Travel’s accounts to his own account in 22 fraudulent transfers.

He was caught after he lost his job earning £22,000 at the travel company after taking a lengthy period of sick leave—then announced he was going on a trip to Canada.

Currie admitted fraud by abuse of position and converting criminal property, and he was sentenced to two years in jail suspended for 24 months. He will also have to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Boynton police: Accountant stole more than $450,000 from health-aide company [Palm Beach Post]
Boynton Beach accountant James Patrick Carlson embezzled more than $450,000 from a senior-care business by printing fraudulent checks to himself, police alleged in arresting him on a grand-theft charge on May 22.

James Patrick Carlson

Carlson, 39, who is free on $30,000 bond, took the money from Nautilus Senior Home Care by writing more than 250 fake checks over the course of “at least four years,” according to Carlson’s arrest report.

An office manager told police he fired Carlson on Dec. 11, 2019, after learning he had been manipulating the company’s QuickBooks account to cut himself fraudulent checks.

Company records show Carlson printed checks totaling $453,285. Many of the names Carlson used in the QuickBooks system were either fake names or those of people Nautilus no longer employed.

Telangana accountant fakes robbery, steals Rs 8.5 lakh [New Indian Express]
The things you’ll do for love.

Rachakonda CCS police investigating a robbery case found that the complainant, a collection agent, has staged the robbery drama in a bid to help his girlfriend who has some health issues.

The accused confessed to having stolen Rs 8.51 lakh and the amount was recovered from him. The accused, Maram Anji Reddy, 28, is an accountant-cum-collection agent of Sri Sai Charana Paper Mills at Kapugallu, Kodada, Suryapet district. He is closely related to the company’s owner Tirupathi Reddy.

LB Nagar DCP Sunpreet Singh said Anji Reddy hid the money in the bushes. He then cooked up a fake story that three bike-borne men stole his bag at Gurramguda. He also complained to the police using Dial 100.

Bookkeeper charged with stealing $72,000 from Moville church [Sioux City Journal]
Alicia Jenness, the former bookkeeper at Immaculate Conception parish in Moville, IA, was charged with stealing more than $72,000 from the parish during a six-year period.

Alicia Jenness

Jenness, 41, was arrested Wednesday on charges of first-degree theft and forgery. She was released from custody without bond.

According to authorities, Msgr. Mark Duchaine of Immaculate Conception was notified on Nov. 14, 2019, by the parish’s bank about a $9,000 check written to Jenness. Duchaine confronted Jenness about the check, and she admitted that she had written it and forged his name on it, the complaint said. Jenness resigned.

Accounting firm bookkeeper charged with embezzling from client [WBAY]
Jessica Nord, a former bookkeeper for an accounting firm in Green Bay, WI, is accused of embezzling more than $140,000 from one of the firm’s clients.

Jessica Nord

Nord, 38, is charged with seven felonies. Authorities say she wrote checks out to herself from a client’s account and cashed them.

According to the criminal complaint, Nord worked for Pro Data IV and was in charge of Window World of Green Bay’s account. She would make up vendor invoices in the account payable system then alter the checks. She took them at Walmart or El Ranchito to cash them or put the amount on a money card.

Other accountants behaving badly:

  • Chartered accountant accused of duping doctor of lacs, case filed []
  • Rajasthan HC grants Bail to Chartered Accountant accused of Corruption and Money Laundering [Tax Scan India]
  • Ex-HMRC accountant in £120k tax fraud [Accountancy Daily]