A Bailey woman is facing charges of theft and unlawful use of a financial transaction device, both felonies, after it was discovered that she was allegedly using checks from Moore Lumber in Bailey to pay off personal debt.
Errin Leigh Ellzey, 37, was working as one of two bookkeepers for the Bailey store of Moore Lumber when owner Bill Moore found evidence that one of his bookkeepers may have been embezzling money from his business.
Ellzey is alleged to have taken $15,119.56 from the business from April through August. She will be in Park County Combined Court on Nov. 10 for arraignment.
According to a Sept. 8 warrantless arrest affidavit, Ellzey admitted to Park County Sheriff's Deputy Corporal Dean Morgan that she had used checks written from Moore Lumber to pay off her personal debt.
"I went through the checks with Errin, and she admitted to changing the vendor information in the company computer to make checks to Citi Financial and Capital One," said the affidavit.
Ellzey told the investigator that she was "desperate" and that she had "tremendous credit card debt."
Ellzey was able to pay off one of her credit cards by using money from Moore Lumber's account, according to the affidavit.
Moore became aware that something might have been going on when he received a call from Capital One's fraud section regarding checks it received from Moore Lumber.
According to the affidavit, Moore was asked if he had paid a Capital One credit card with Moore Lumber checks, to which Moore replied that he hadn't and that he didn't even have a Capital One card.
On Sept. 4, Moore went through his check records and found checks that had been written to Citi Financial. He turned those checks over to the Park County Sheriff's Office.
During the interview with Morgan, Ellzey said that she acted alone and that the second bookkeeper didn't know about the theft.
Morgan interviewed the other bookkeeper, Kathryn Colbert, but determined that although she signed the checks sent to Capital One and Citi Financial, she was an unwitting party to the fraud.
According to the affidavit, some of the checks were made out to "Capital." Colbert told the investigator that Moore Lumber had a vendor named Capital Lumber, so she wouldn't have thought anything of signing that check.