Friday, July 15, 2005

LaBelle Secretary Arrested For Fraud

Allegedly steals more than $160,000 from Colony Helicopter

LABELLE, FL. --(July 13, 2005) -- State Attorney Steve Russell charged
Glenda Selph, 50 with
Organized Scheme to Defraud and Criminal Use of Personal Identification
Information. Both
charges are 1st Degree Felonies and punishable by up to 30-years each in
Selph, a bookkeeper at Colony Helicopter in Labelle, was originally arrested
by the Hendry
County Sheriff's Office in April on a 3rd Degree Felony for allegedly making
an unauthorized
payment to her own credit card account using a business check from her
employer. This
payment was in the amount of $4,200.00. In May, the case was turned over to
the State
Attorney's Economic Crime Unit for further investigation.

Russell says, "The concern of the
owner of Colony Helicopter, Robert Smith, was that his loss would be much
greater than that
reflected in this single transaction." So far, the investigation by the
State Attorney's office has
revealed that Selph allegedly stole more than $160,000.00 from January 2000
through April
2004. Russell says, "There is still information not received that may
establish an additional loss
to Mr. Smith."
Selph turned herself in at the Hendry County Jail Wednesday on the new
charges and posted a
$100,000 bond.

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