Two Charlotte Men Charged With Orchestrating High-End Auto Thefts From South Carolina Businesses Appear In Court
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Amy Elizabeth Curry, 46, of Waynesville, N.C., has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering, for allegedly embezzling at least $1.5 million from a senior assisted living facility, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
Robert M. DeWitt, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in North Carolina, joins U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.
According to allegations in the indictment, from December 7, 2022, to April 4, 2023, Curry executed a scheme to defraud and embezzle at least $1.5 million from Silver Bluff, LLC (Silver Bluff), a senior living and care facility in Canton, N.C. As alleged in the indictment, Curry worked at Silver Bluff from July 2022 through April 2023, as the facility’s office manager and bookkeeper. As part of her duties, Curry had access to and control over Silver Bluff’s bank accounts and accounting records. The indictment alleges that, during a five-month period, Curry made at least 154 unauthorized bank transfers, and defrauded Silver Bluff by transferring at least $1.5 million from the facility’s bank accounts to bank accounts controlled by Curry and her then-boyfriend J.C. The indictment also alleges that in March 2023, Curry purchased a 2020 Ford F-150 pick-up truck, using funds derived from the embezzlement of Silver Bluff.
In addition to the charges, the indictment also contains a notice of forfeiture, which gives notice that the defendant must forfeit to the United States all of the property, currency and monetary instruments involved in the offenses charged in the indictment. The government will pursue a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of at least $1,518,771, which the government contends constitutes the proceeds of the violations alleged in the charging document. Also subject to forfeiture proceedings are items seized during the investigation, including four vehicles (a 2023 Polaris, a 2023 Nissan Maxima, a 2020 Ford F-150, and a 2020 Kia Optima), and $117,867.49 seized from four bank accounts.
The charges in the indictment are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The money laundering offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the FBI and the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office for their investigation of the case.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville is in charge of Curry’s prosecution.