Former Employee at Lafayette Glass Charged
June 18, 2012
by Erica Terrini, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina Denny, 44, former employee of Lafayette, Ind.-based Lafayette
Glass Co. turned herself in to Tippecanoe County Jail on an arrest
warrant charging her with ten felony counts last week related to
embezzlement, according to police records. Ms. Denny is alleged
to have stolen more than $100,000 over the estimated span of 11
years according to Lafayette Glass Co. president Dennis Clark. He
says it is hard to believe someone who had worked for his company
for 19 years, allegedly stole from the family-owned business. "We
treated her like a daughter and we began having some suspicions
in 2009," Clark says. "That's when we confronted her and
she admitted to what she was doing."
According to Clark, Ms. Denny was caught taking cash from the company
safe. At the time she was a "trusted employee" who had
the rights to sign company checks.
Ms. Denny was charged based on incidents occurring between 2007
and 2009, but Clark says he estimates the issue began in 2001-placing
the total at around $100,000 or more.
"It's a real tragedy and a shame," Clark says. "Hopefully
we'll get some restitution out of her and hopefully she'll spend
a little time in jail."
Clark says he would encourage other companies to be highly cautious
of whom they allow to sign checks.
"We're a small family-owned corporation and we didn't expect
this to happen to us," he says. "Even though you trust
people, there are always situations that go on like this and they
happen often. You need to keep close tabs on who you have in control
First Sergeant Tom McKee with the Indiana State Police Criminal
Investigations Division out of the Lafayette Post says the investigation
is ongoing, but currently Ms. Denny is being charged with one count
of corrupt business influence (C felony), three counts of forgery
(C felony), two counts of money laundering (D felony), two counts
of theft (D felony) and two counts of fraud (D felony). She has
been released from the Tippecanoe County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
"When you lose that kind of cash, it's a little devastating,"
he says. "Once we did catch her we found that we were in debt
$70,000 and we had $4,000 in the bank. Not everybody can survive
those types of things, but we have survived and we're profitable
and hopefully we'll get over this."