Woman arrested for making nearly $20,000 in unauthorized purchases with employer’s credit card
POSTED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 9:34am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office arrested Brittany Altazin, 28, for making more than 200 unauthorized charges on her former employer’s credit card. The charges totaled more than $19,000 dollars.
The owner of a local construction company contacted investigators about suspicious activity that appeared on his company’s account between December 2011 and March 2013. When the owner confronted Altazin about the charges, she immediately resigned, claiming health issues as her reason for leaving.
However, Altazin later sent a letter of apology for her misuse of the credit card and promised to pay back the money. Altazin sent two money orders for $1,000 each and four personal checks totaling over $5,000. When the company deposited the checks, however, they were returned NSF.
The company sent a ten-day letter to Altazin, but she never responded.
Authorities obtained receipts for several of the charges, which revealed that Altazin was responsible for the purchases. Altazin met with investigators on Tuesday, November 12th where she admitted to making the unauthorized purchases.
She was charged with 221 felony counts of Unauthorized use of an Access Device and 4 counts of Issuing Worthless Checks.
Altazin was transported to the EBR Parish Prison, but she was released a short time later, after posting a $20,000 bond.