ST. GEORGE — A woman is in jail after allegedly stealing nearly $350,000 from her employer by falsifying records and conducting unauthorized transactions on company accounts.
The woman, 52-year-old Enid Brown, of St. George, was arrested Friday and faces several felony charges relating to the alleged theft.
The money was allegedly stolen from a real estate firm that discovered the theft during an internal audit. Once the firm became aware of the theft in January, they met with the defendant, who allegedly admitted to taking the money and said the theft started in 2016 when she took from the petty cash fund.
Brown was hired as the firm’s office manager/controller in 2016, a position that gave her access to a number of the company’s bank accounts. Over the course of three years, she allegedly stole more than $347,000, according to the affidavit of probable cause written in support of her arrest.
According to the statement, she said the theft started when she realized she could use a company credit card. She also admitted to withdrawing money from ATM machines and using Venmo, a digital wallet service that allows users to make and share payments with friends, to transfer money to her children.