A Newport woman is being held under a $5 million bond after being accused of stealing $5.3 million over five years.
Susan White Garcia, 42, was indicted by a grand jury in Carteret County Superior Court for eight counts of class-C level obtaining property by false pretense, according to information from District Attorney Scott E. Thomas. The charge became a class C when it exceeded $100,000.
Garcia was an accounts payable manager for Big Rock Sports, LLC, and was responsible for obtaining, distributing and tracking the use of a number of company credit cards belonging to Big Rock Sports, according to the information. Garcia is accused of using several cards to make personal purchases and falsifying the corporate accounting records to cover it up.
Purchases allegedly included subscriptions to online gambling sites, purchases from Amazon.com and other retailers, and personal travel payments.
According to Big Rock Sports, staff discovered that Garcia had been violating company policy regarding use of company funds and notified state and local law enforcement.
The company said it would continue to work with law enforcement and other authorities involved in the process but will make no further statements.
“We’ve been working on this investigation since the fall of 2012,” Thomas said in the news release. “The SBI financial crimes unit has led the investigation with the assistance of Sheriff Asa Buck and his staff. Ms. Garcia has been indicted based upon the findings of the investigation. We will continue to work closely with the SBI, sheriff’s office, and Big Rock Sports as the prosecution of the case moves forward.”
Garcia faces 64 years in prison and will have a first appearance in Carteret County Superior Court during the term starting June 3.