Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Public safety

Largo police: Ex-comptroller stole $800,000 from employer

LARGO — The former comptroller for a business card company was arrested Tuesday by police, accused of stealing at least $800,000 from the company.

Christopher McGowan, 51, stole the money from Business Card Express between November 2010 and October 2017, according to Largo police.

McGowan used several methods to swipe the money, police said, including opening an American Express card in the name of the Largo business and using it for personal expenses. He paid the bill using company funds and altered payroll deductions from his paycheck, resulting in another $4,400 of stolen money, police said.

He started working there in 2002, and investigators believe he took another $200,000 between 2007 and 2010 but are still gathering records.

He faces a charge of grand theft. Police said he confessed after being read his rights.

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