Former Eng. Company Employee Charged with Organized Fraud
SPRING HILL – It’s not uncommon for employees to “inadvertently” take home a few office supplies from time to time, but when those items begin to exceed a few pens or pencils, somebody’s going to take notice. According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, that’s exactly what a former employee of a Miami based engineering company did, and now he’s paying the price.
Officials say 38-year-old Jose Antonio Valdes used to repair equipment as an employee of MWL Engineering, where he would routinely use the company line of credit to make required purchases. Valdez left the company in October of 2013 and moved to Hernando County.
Earlier this year, MWL began receiving invoices from two different Advanced Auto Parts stores in Hernando County. All three invoices were invoices were billed to MWL, using the company’s purchase orders. A fourth invoice came from Grainger Supply Company, requesting payment.
Authorities were able to identify the shipping address as that of Valdes’ current residence, where they made contact with him on Thursday. During an interview, Valdes confessed to the fraudulent purchases, which he says were used for parts to repair his vehicle. All four invoices combined totaled $374.34.
Valdes was taken into custody and charged with Organized Fraud. He was transported to the Hernando County Jail, where he posted a $2,000 bond.
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