Arrests made in employee theft case
by Lindsay Field
lfield@mdjonline.com
May 03, 2012 11:59 PM | 8256 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Three Cobb suspects are accused of abusing their positions to steal a total of nearly a quarter million dollars from their employers in separate cases.

Two have been arrested and a third is being sought, police said.

“Unfortunately, it appears our investigators are seeing more and more individuals, some of whom are long-term employees and in a position of ‘trust,’ defraud or steal funds from their employer,” said Col. Milton Beck of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.

Patty Jean Holmes, 47, of Mableton, is accused of stealing nearly $175,000 from her employer by making cash advances to her paycheck.

Between September 2010 and December 2011, Holmes took $172,733 from a Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia office on Canton Road in Marietta, where she was a payroll manager, according to a warrant for her arrest.

She allegedly advanced herself the funds on 30 different occasions. According to the warrant, she wasn’t authorized to make any cash advances.

Holmes was arrested April 25 on charges of felony theft by taking and computer forgery. She was released from jail on a $200,000 bond on April 28.

In another case, Richard Bruce Pickett of Marietta is accused of stealing $59,690 from PROLOGIX Distribution Services on Canton Road in Marietta between July 2011 and January 2012.

“Pickett was issued a company credit card in which he utilized for his personal use, as well as receiving cash advances with the card,” Beck said. “Investigators believe he is on the run and hiding in Florida.”

Pickett is wanted on charges of felony theft by taking and financial transaction card/unauthorized use.

Finally, Aneaka Lynette Allen, 22, of Smyrna, is accused of taking $3,342.86 from a UPS Store on Old Highway 41 in Kennesaw sometime between Dec. 3, 2010, and April 25 by faking returns, according to a warrant for her arrest.

Officer Scott Luther with Kennesaw Police said Allen credited the fraudulent returns to herself, rotating the transactions between three different card numbers.

Allen, who was the only person who knew the returns password, was making the transactions when the storeowner was not there. The storeowner noticed the fake returns when Allen was on vacation.

She was arrested April 26 on charges of felony theft by taking. She remains in the Cobb County Jail. Her bail has been set at $10,000.
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