Police: Former South Salt Lake company accountant charged with forgery and fraud after evidence links her to $ 220,000 in missing funds

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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah, December 5, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – A former accountant at a South Salt Lake business has been charged with five felonies after evidence linked her to $ 220,000 in missing funds.

Janet Medina Fawson, 39, had worked for Retro Custom Metals, a sheet metal company, at 472 W. 3440 South.

Business owners first discovered evidence of fraud in mid-July, according to Fawson’s probable cause statement.

“They identified former employee Janet Fawson as a possible suspect and provided documentation of four forged checks written to Janet,” said a probable cause statement filed by an officer with the South Salt Lake Police Department. The owner said the checks were signed in his name, but the signature was not his.

“” Three of the checks were written in such a way that they appear to be regular paychecks, but documentation proves that Janet also received the payroll directly.
deposits in his account in addition to these checks. Janet was responsible for the payroll for the company and was able to write checks and make deposits. The fourth check was issued for an amount well over eight times Janet’s regular salary.

The four checks totaled $ 11,214.92.

“The victims also discovered fraudulent activity on their business credit card account. The card record shows thirty-seven payments to a vendor titled “Sheffield Metals Cleveland”, which closely matches the name of an actual
supplier ‘Sheffield Metals International.’ ”

The checks went to an account not associated with the supplier. The total amount of the
payments was $ 209,892.91.

After Miranda, Fawson told investigators she forged a check, “but couldn’t remember where the others were from. She admitted to creating the Square UP account
and sent payments to this account from the company’s credit card. She said she then transferred money from Square UP to her two bank accounts and also used a Square UP debit card to access the money for personal use.

Fawson faces charges of:

  • Theft – value equal to or greater than $ 5,000, a second degree felony
  • Communication fraud, a second degree crime
  • Knowingly Using Fake Financial Transactions for Credit / Property, Second Degree Crime
  • Pattern of illegal activity, a second degree crime
  • The forgery, a crime in the third degree

Fawson was arrested on November 30 by the South Salt Lake Police Department. His bail was set at $ 500. She is no longer in custody, according to a file search.