Washington City woman allegedly embezzles $60,000 from employer

St. George Police cruiser stock image | Photo by Austin Peck, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A Washington City woman was arrested Monday for allegedly embezzling $60,000 from her employer over a three-year span.

Detectives received the embezzlement report on April 18 in which the owner of a plumbing company reported one of his employees had been using a company credit card for personal expenses, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.

Amy Lyn Attwell, of Washington, Utah, booking photo posted June 19, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

The employee, identified as 30-year-old Amy Lyn Attwell, of Washington City, made “numerous unauthorized personal expenses from 2014 to February 2017,” the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement.

The owner of the business told police that Attwell held a position of trust as the company’s cost controller and that she had made the purchases without the owner’s preauthorization or knowledge, according to the statement.

“(The employer) confronted Amy (Attwell) after he conducted an internal record check,” the officer wrote in the statement, “and she acknowledged she had used the company credit card for personal expenses.”

The employer had Attwell review financial statements and identify which of the expenses were legitimate and which ones were personal and unauthorized, the report stated.

“They reviewed the records together and ultimately Amy disagreed with the total number that (the employer) had discovered,” the officer stated. “(The employer) has provided several documents and statements and believes the aggregate total of all the unauthorized expenses is $60,000.”

In addition to financial statements, the employer provided detectives with two letters in which Attwell allegedly acknowledges owing the company money, according to the statement.

On June 19, detectives met with Attwell at the Police Department to question her about the allegations.

“She stated she did not want to make any statements per her attorney,” the officer wrote in the statement.

Attwell was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court accusing Attwell of second-degree felony theft.

Attwell was subsequently released from police custody on $10,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear before 5th District Judge Jeffrey Wilcox June 26 for her initial court appearance.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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