LONGMONT, Colo. — A Longmont woman accused in 2012 of robbing her former employer through the use of creative bookkeeping was accused this week of doing the same thing to the next company that hired her.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Mary Sanders, 37, was arrested on suspicion of identity theft, theft between the amounts of $1,000 and $19,000 and a parole violation on Tuesday.
Sanders was first accused of stealing more than $10,000 from two Colorado Burger King franchises in 2012. This time, she allegedly upped her scheme, as she now stands accused of stealing more than $17,000 from World Wide Moving Systems in Longmont.
An arrest affidavit suggested Sanders had access to the moving company’s bank account, payroll and records, allowing her to steal an estimated $1,245 in check payments, $6,350 in cash and $9,931 in unauthorized payroll checks.
That’s a grand total of over $17,500.
Investigators also said Sanders used a false Social Security number to collect $19,000 in unemployment from the state of Colorado during the time she was employed by the moving company, prompting the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to launch its own investigation into Sanders.
When contacted by police, Sanders reportedly said she did not intentionally steal from her employer. That information contradicted the statements made by the moving company’s managers, who said Sanders admitted to the theft when confronted about the investigation, and offered to repay the money if the company didn’t press charges.
Before being arrested on the new charges, Sanders was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday in an unrelated theft case involving two Colorado-based Burger King franchises. She is facing two felony theft charges and 16 forgery charges after a bookkeeping company accused her of stealing over $10,000 from the franchises when she worked as a bookkeeper for the company from June 2008 to December 2011.
Sanders allegedly stole money from the Burger King franchises by creating a fake employee named Marie Sanchez, who had the same Social Security number as Sanders. Investigators said the company’s computer system recognized the checks as being paid to Sanchez, but that the physical checks were actually addressed and delivered to Sanders.