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Embezzlement Sinks New York Printer

November 2010
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—With his once-thriving business and home both gone, casualties of a $750,000 embezzlement perpetrated by a former employee, Jamie Wollens won’t be seeing retribution any time soon. Most galling for the founder of now-defunct Digital Ink, the person who allegedly committed the crimes is back on the streets.

Jamie Wollens reported to police that one of his employees in the finance department, Leah Etheridge, had stolen the money via phony payroll checks made out to former employees and phantom workers, according to the New York Daily News. Six months after Wollens filed the police report, Etheridge was finally arrested and charged with 99 felony counts of falsifying business records. 

In the interim, Wollens’ business went under and he lost his home. However, the district attorney reportedly told Wollens that such cases were not a high priority.

“She was out there, enjoying her life and spending my money,” Wollens told the newspaper.

Etheridge was released without bail and, at press time, a hearing had been set for Nov. 9. PI


 

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