LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – A former administrative assistant for a health and wellness organization is suspected of taking tens of thousands of dollars in cash deposits, according to records acquired by Investigators.
Tracy Ellis-Malone is charged with one count of embezzlement in excess of $3,500, according to court documents. Police claimed an audit discovered more than $55,000 in cash deposits missing from her employer’s account.
In December 2019, an employee at E7 Health, a health and wellness firm, phoned police to investigate probable embezzlement. The employee said Ellis-Malone took “different deposit slips under false pretenses,” according to records.
Documents show that a month prior, the company’s bookkeeper told an employee that cash deposits were missing. Ellis-Malone assured the employee “that practically all the deposits were accounted for and the remainders were in the company’s safe and will be deposited by her by the end of that week,” records showed.
According to authorities, on November 17, 2019, someone broke into the company’s office at Windmill Lane and Bermuda Road. Officers said that Ellis-Malone was then absent from the office for several days. When she returned, the employee informed her that $8,500 had gone missing the previous week, according to records.
Later, the employee addressed Ellis-Malone again. According to the records, Ellis-Malone then sobbed and acknowledged to stealing the money. The employee told investigators that the firm gave financial advances to help Ellis-Malone. According to authorities, Ellis-Malone was dismissed after making the statement.
Bank statements eventually indicated that more than $50,000 in cash deposits from the autumn of 2019 were missing, according to papers. According to police, the audit uncovered a total loss of $55,378 involving roughly 100 cash transactions dating back to May 2018.
According to police, Ellis-Malone was employed by the firm on May 9, 2018. According to investigators, the first overdue cash deposit is dated May 24, 2018.
Ellis-Malone signed a $25,000 payback arrangement after her firing, according to papers. She eventually signed a confession of judgment, a legal document obtained via district court, in which she acknowledged to stealing the money and agreed to pay back part of the stolen monies if she paid back some of the stolen cash.
According to investigators, Ellis-Malone was previously convicted of attempted theft in Nevada in 2012.
According to the records, Ellis-Malone told detectives that she felt she had taken little more than $500.
In August 2020, a court issued an arrest warrant for Ellis-Malone. Last Saturday, Las Vegas Metro police arrested her. It was unclear what caused the delay and subsequent arrest. When the warrant was issued, the judge set bail at $5,000. Ellis-Malone posted bail and was scheduled to appear in court in January.
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