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Police: St. Pete woman spent $46,000 of company money

PINELLAS PARK — The officer manager of a plumbing contractor was arrested Thursday on allegations that she stole $46,000 from her now ex-employer.

Pinellas Park police arrested Cheryl L. Van Nuil, 43, of 8845 15 Lane N, on a charge of scheme to defraud.

The St. Petersburg woman worked in the office of Sayko Corporation, a commercial plumbing contractor in Pinellas Park, according to an arrest report. That was until Dec. 29, when police said she was fired after her alleged scheme came to light.

According to a police report, Van Nuil illegally accessed the business's bank account and credit cards for her own use. She was also cashing out vacation time she wasn't supposed to have in the first place, police said.

She spent the money on online pet supplies, police said, and on her own personal bills. The alleged scheme ran from September to December.

Police said they verified the transactions through bank account and credit card statements.

A second employee was also fired after a dispute with management over cashed out vacation time, but police don't believe that is related to Van Nuil's alleged activities.

She posted $10,000 bond and was released from the Pinellas County jail on Thursday.

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