Ex-employee convicted of embezzling Florida dealer

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A former bookkeeper at Galati Yacht Sales has been convicted for embezzlement. According to the Bradenton Herald, Heather Jo O’Leary admitted to stealing more than $67,000 from Galati’s Anna Maria island location.

O’Leary took a plea deal and agreed to repay all the money, according to the paper. O’Leary resigned from Galati last July after company officials discovered that checks had not been applied to accounts. After completing an audit human resources director Fran Galati discovered $67,927.37 missing.

O’Leary was arrested last month and agreed to a change in plea, pleading guilty on Wednesday to one felony count of scheme to defraud. She was sentenced to five years’ probation with 100 hours of community service.

“Our biggest concern was that she didn’t do this to anyone else in our community,” Fran Galati said told the paper following the hearing. “It’s nice to see justice served.”

It may not have been the first time O’Leary stole from an employer. Nancy Arnold, former president of the Wildwood Condo Association board, told the paper that O’Leary embezzled money from the association as an employee in 2012.

“We caught her right away, within a couple of months. She was giving herself pay raises,” Arnold said. Arnold said she regretted that they never reported the allegations to law enforcement.

O’Leary will not be permitted to work in any bookkeeping or accounting job without first disclosing her criminal history to a potential employer and her probation officer. 


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