A West Virginia woman is charged with stealing more than $70,000 from her former employer over a period of four years.
Julia C. McCray, 44, of the first block of Eldon Drive in Charles Town, is charged with two counts of operating a theft scheme after her arrest Wednesday on a warrant.
Investigators from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said McCray defrauded Frederick-based Arc Flooring, where she worked as a bookkeeper, between October 2008 and October 2012.
Detectives were called to the business last December by the owner, who said he had recently fired McCray because she had been using a company gas card she was not authorized to have to make purchases of about $8,700, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court. The documents list 187 separate transactions at Exxon stations in Maryland and Virginia.
Surveillance footage was not available for most of the purchases, but one video shows a woman pumping gas into a 2003 Ford Windstar matching the one the owner and his wife had given McCray two years earlier, the documents state.
In January, the owner told investigators he discovered that McCray, who handled payroll, had been using direct deposit to place additional money into several accounts in her name along with her wages, which he approved each week along with the other employees' pay. She made the deposits using bank software after her paychecks were approved for the proper amount, the documents state.
The deposits added up to nearly $63,000, with the additional amounts ranging from $100 to about $1,200 above McCray's weekly pay.
Last December, McCray sent the owner an email and apologized for unspecified wrongdoing. She offers to pay the money back and asks the owner not to press charges and cause her to lose her children, according to the documents.
Investigators obtained a warrant for McCray's arrest in March. She was released from the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday after posting $15,000 bail. No attorney is listed for McCray in court records.