TYLER, Texas — An East Texas woman was found guilty of stealing money from her employer, Peltier Chevrolet.
On July 16, 2018, 47-year-old Shelley Hunter of Whitehouse, Texas, pled guilty to the federal offense of interstate transport of stolen fund before U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell.
According to information presented in court, from March 2005 until February 2017, Hunter was employed as the Business Office Manager for Peltier Chevrolet, Inc., an automotive dealership located in Tyler, Texas. Beginning March 2011, Hunter embezzled and stole funds belonging to the dealership.
Prosecutors say Hunter did so by way of nearly 250 unauthorized transactions including ACH payments and checks. Those funds were then used to pay her personal credit cards.
"Hunter used various means to conceal the theft of funds from the dealership," stated a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas. "These efforts included forging the signature of Peltier’s manager, initiating authorized payments, creating fraudulent entries in Peltier’s general ledger, and generating false bank reconciliations."
At sentencing, Hunter faces up to 10 years in federal prison.