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GRAND DECEPTION

BSO Case Number: BS02-2-04947 Date of Arrest: March 21, 2002
PIO Number: 02-3-37
Place of Occurrence: Florida Eagle Industries, 4000 NE 10 Way, Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • Florida Eagle Industries, 4000 NE 10 Way, Pompano Beach

Suspect(s):

  • Doreen Carone, 54, 12/11/47, female, 2900 NE 49 Street, Fort Lauderdale

Description of Incident:

A Fort Lauderdale woman, who said she needed money to support her gambling habit, faces more than a dozen fraud charges after stealing close to $190,000 from her employer.

For one year, Doreen Carone worked at Florida Eagle Industries in Pompano Beach as a bookkeeper. Following her termination, the company which manufacturers aircraft replacement parts, conducted an internal audit which uncovered evidence of the theft. The Broward Sheriff’s Office was contacted in February 2002 to investigate.

The investigation revealed that between January 3, 2001 and January 25, 2002, Carone wrote 39 company checks, made payable to herself, totaling $126,690.25. Carone told investigators she wrote an average of two checks a week, made payable to herself, during the year she was employed at Florida Eagle Industries. Carone said she would sign her boss’s name to the check, endorse the check, then cash or deposit the funds. Thirteen of the 39 transactions were captured on bank surveillance tape and placed into evidence.

Carone would write the checks from the company’s fund used to pay its vendors. She would wait until the funds were replenished before sending out payments so that no one would be alerted to her fraudulent scheme.

During questioning, Carone told the BSO detective she also used the company’s Visa credit card for cash advances at automated teller machines. She would then write company checks payable to First Union Visa to pay the credit card bills, which over the course of the year totaled $61,674.72. Carone said all of the stolen funds were lost at casinos or on gambling cruise ships or used to finance several trips to the Bahamas.

Carone was arrested at her home Wednesday morning on one count of grand theft, one count of organized scheme to defraud, and 13 counts of uttering forged checks.

MEDIA NOTE: BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO COPIES OF STILLS FROM SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF THE 13 BANK TRANSACTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOU REPRODUCTION AT THE BSO MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. K. McClure, Dist. 9
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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