Former bookkeeper indicted on fraud and identity theft charges for use of employer’s credit cards
Bookkeeper made unauthorized purchases totaling over $105,000
EVANSVILLE - United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today federal charges against the former bookkeeper of Marine Industries Corporation (MIC). Alice Marie Casey, 44, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, was indicted on three counts of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
“White collar crime is stealing,” said Minkler. “It removes billions of dollars from investors and often negatively impacts our economy. Ms. Casey, will no longer be lining her pockets with others people’s money.”
Casey served as the bookkeeper at MIC in Jeffersonville, Indiana, where she paid company credit card bills, issued company credit cards to new employees, destroyed and cancelled company credit cards of former employees, and completed tasks associated with the company’s mail.
Casey opened a Visa credit card in the name of the company’s chief executive officer without authorization and then added a new card to that account. With this new account, Casey is alleged to have obtained goods and merchandise for her personal benefit, including a firearm, household furniture, and funeral arrangements, with a total value of approximately $10,312.22.
Casey also opened a second Visa credit card in the name of Marie Casey, without authorization of MIC, which Casey used to obtain goods and merchandise for her personal benefit, including a firearm, Halloween costumes, and life insurance policies, with a total value of approximately $52,239.67.
Further, Casey made purchases using the MIC office Visa credit card without authorization to obtain goods and merchandise for her personal benefit, including a mini I-pad, theater tickets, and utilities, with a total value of approximately $43,308.60.
This investigation was a collaborative effort between the United States Secret Service and the Jeffersonville Police Department.
Casey had her initial appearance this week in federal court in New Albany and was released. Her trial date is set for July 13, 2015.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Sawa, who is prosecuting this case for the government, Casey faces up to 10 years for two of the fraud counts and up to 15 years for the third count, if convicted. In addition, Casey faces two years consecutive to those counts, if convicted for aggravated identity theft.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.