FORMER GHC REID CASHIER CHARGED
A woman accused of embezzling more than $10,000 from the GHC Reid Company is held on bail of $15,000 over an incident that allegedly occurred in 2010.
Stephania Sulusulu is facing two charges of embezzlement, and each count is a class C felony, which carries a jail term of up to seven years, a fine of up to $5,000, a fine equal to twice the amount of gain from the commission of said crime up to $20,000, or both fine and jail term.
Sulusulu, who’s represented by Assistant Public Defender Karen Shelley made her initial appearance in the District Court yesterday morning. According to the government’s case, the incident came to light in May 2010 when finance officers with the company noticed discrepancies in the accounts which the defendant is responsible for.
Court filings say, there were certain checks from companies which the defendant applied to payments for other companies, for example, a check from the North West Company made out to GHC Reid for their monthly bill was applied to the Cost U Less outstanding invoices.
This initiated the investigation into the accounts the defendant serviced. It's alleged Sulusulu was confronted by one of the manager’s at GHC Reid in May, where she was placed on unpaid suspension.
Court filing says, that same day before the defendant was sent home and in the course of her duties, the defendant helped a walk-in customer who came to pay the outstanding balance on his own account in cash in the amount of $104. At the end of the day, GHC Reid finance officers were totaling the deposits to find out that $104 missing.
The finance officers contacted the defendant about the missing $104, she said that it was left in her drawer along with the invoice and said that she would contact the company later, but she never did.
Court filings say, four days later the defendant departed the territory without informing the company of her trip. At the same time, a finance officer conducted further investigation into the accounts the defendant serviced between April and May 2010. It’s alleged that the defendant was overlapping customer payments, wherein she would use checks from some accounts to cover outstanding balances on the accounts of customers who paid their invoices in cash.
On Nov. 30, 2010 one of the finance officers with the company informed the defendant’s mother that the defendant was suspected of stealing funds from the company in the amount of $3,447.27.
Court filings say, that further investigation into the accounts revealed that the defendant embezzled up to $11,842.27 from the GHC Reid Company. It's alleged on Dec. 1, 2010 the defendant sent a Facebook message to the President of GHC Reid apologizing for her actions and asked that she be forgiven. She offered to repay what she owed GHC Reid in partial payments.
Four months later the defendant returned to the territory and signed a promissory note promising to repay $11,842.27. Court filings say, the defendant promised to make payments in the amount of $500 monthly until the balanced was paid off. The government claims the defendant began making payments to GHC Reid between April 2011 and November 2012 and the total amount already paid is roughly at $1,050.
STERLING FUGA’S CASE BOUND OVER
The government’s case against Sterling Fuga on allegations that he burglarized a home in Leone and allegedly took off with items from the home has been bound over to the High Court. Fuga from Leone is charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony, punishable by up to seven years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or a fine equal to twice the amount of gain of commission up to $20,000.
He’s also facing a stealing charge which is a class A misdemeanor punishable with up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both and trespassing is also a class B misdemeanor, which carries a jail term of up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $500 or both. The defendant will be arraigned today before Chief Justice Michael Kruse.
The government alleges that police were contacted for assistance on Jan. 16, 2013 on allegations that the defendant unlawfully entered a home. Court filings say, a woman who stays at the house heard the screen door open and close while she was cleaning. It’s alleged a couple of minutes later the woman heard the screen door open and close again.
The woman looked outside of the house and saw Fuga leaving the house with a bottle of wine wrapped as a gift and loose change of $4. Court filings say, the defendant did not have permission to enter the house, nor did he have permission to take any items from the residence.
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