An Odessa woman was arrested and charged with fraud after she took more than $2,000 from a jewelry business, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.
Heather Nicole McLeod, 23, 1600 Villa Capri Circle, was employed as a bookkeeper at Kiefer Village Jewels, 24144 State Road 54, Lutz, and over a one-month period took checks intended for the store, deputies said. Instead, she kept the money for herself, according to the arrest report.
Three deposits totaling $2,700, for August had not been deposited into the store’s account and were missing, deputies said.
When confronted by another bookkeeper on Friday, McLeod said she couldn’t deposit the checks because of weekend bank hours. She later said she left the checks in a purse, which she inadvertently put in storage, the report said.
McLeod did log mileage for the trips to the bank she should have taken on those three days, the report said. She also initialed internal logs confirming the receipt of those checks, the arrest report said.
When she was questioned by authorities at her home on Friday, McLeod said she was in a previous abusive relationship and her ex-boyfriend made her sell her car so he could buy a motorcycle. She told the investigator she needed the money for her and her daughter, the arrest report said.
She was arrested and charged with scheming to defraud. McLeod was released from the Land O’ Lakes Jail after posting a $10,000 bond.