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Bookkeeper Charged with Stealing More than $800,000
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A trusted bookkeeper is charged with stealing more than $800,000 from her longtime employer to support a gambling habit.  An investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes Unit led the State Attorney's Office to issue a Capias Felony Warrant against Mary Montes, DOB 10-19-62, of 1302 Immokalee Drive, Immokalee.  On March 9, Montes was arrested at her home by Collier County deputies and taken to the Collier County Jail.

ECU detectives began looking into Montes after they were contacted by her employer, Troyer Brothers Florida, Incorporated.  The investigation reveals that Montes systematically took vendor checks issued to the company and deposited them into her own personal and business accounts.  Montes would also issue checks using names of former employees of the company and then sign the checks over to herself for deposit.  In all, Montes stole $812,620 from Troyer Brothers in a period of one year.  Investigators say Montes used most of the stolen money to fund an ever growing gambling habit. Montes had worked at Troyer Brothers for 23 years.

Montes is charged with First Degree Felony Theft and Scheme to Defraud.  She is currently being held with no bond in the Collier County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Lee County.