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Office manager at Spring Hill travel agency charged with organized fraud

SPRING HILL — Something didn't add up when Marshall Leventhal checked his Spring Hill travel agency's books after the departure of his office manager earlier this year, authorities say.

The results of an audit led Leventhal to believe that his recently departed office manager, 36-year-old Gina Beck of Spring Hill, was embezzling money, the Hernando Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Investigators say he was right.

Records show Beck stole nearly $40,000 while working at Diana's Travel, 10532 Spring Hill Drive, the Sheriff's Office said.

In one scheme, investigators say, Beck processed 67 fraudulent refunds totaling $26,333.67 to seven credit cards, all of them belonging to her.

Investigators said Beck also used the company's debit card to make 31 unauthorized transactions totaling $8,265.05, used a company bank account to make a telephone payment of $704.27 on her JCPenney credit card and forged a dozen company checks to make unauthorized transactions totaling $4,244.56.

Leventhal told investigators that Beck was responsible for the computer records and was able to hide the fact she was stealing money.

Beck was arrested late Saturday at her new workplace, the Battered Mug Saloon in Spring Hill, and charged with organized fraud, fraudulent use of a credit card, check forgery and crimes against intellectual property.

She was released from the Hernando County Detention Center after posting $43,000 bail.

Office manager at Spring Hill travel agency charged with organized fraud 08/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 8:02pm]
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