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Hillsborough companies sue deputy and wife after she was accused of embezzlement

Published Nov. 14, 2014

TAMPA — A trio of Hillsborough County companies is suing a former bookkeeper and her husband — a Hillsborough sheriff's deputy—after she was arrested on charges of embezzling half a million dollars from them.

The lawsuit filed by the companies last week alleges Karla Reigner's husband, David Reigner, knew his wife was stealing from the plumbing and air conditioning repair businesses and used a company credit card to spend more than $7,000 on kitchen cabinets from Home Depot for himself.

David Reigner is still working as a sheriff's deputy after a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation cleared him, spokesman Larry McKinnon said.

"It was the FDLE that did the investigation and they found that he was not involved," McKinnon said.

Karla Reigner was arrested by FDLE in August on charges of embezzling more than $500,000 from Scott's Services, Inc., Princeco, Inc. and One Hour Air of Central Florida. Reigner pleaded not guilty in October, according to Hillsborough County court records.

According to the lawsuit, Wells Fargo contacted owner Scott Vigue in December 2012 about "suspicious charges" made on company credit cards. When Vigue contacted her, Reigner said the company card looked like her personal card and she used the company card by mistake. She paid them $2,550 as reimbursement, the lawsuit said.

Reigner was fired. An audit found she stole $517,348, and used company credit cards at gas stations, drug stores, travel sites and restaurants, the lawsuit said.

Reigner began working for the companies in March 2011, the lawsuit said.

Times staff writer Dan Sullivan contributed to this report.

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