Claims employee stole $80,000

Rockland restaurateur sues former bookkeeper

Jan 02, 2014
Source: Knox County Jail Melanie Allen.

Rockland — A Rockland business owner filed a lawsuit Dec. 31 against a former employee, claiming the bookkeeper embezzled $80,000.

Lynn Archer, of Warren, owner of Archer's Restaurant and the Brass Compass Restaurant, is taking legal action against Melanie Allen of Union. Allen was hired as a bookkeeper and accountant Archer's businesses, and the women worked together for 10 years.

The suit states Archer placed confidence and trust in Allen to handle the monies and books of the businesses. Between January 2013 and October 2013, Allen is accused of converting money from the restaurants by forging checks and taking cash.

The checks Allen is accused of writing total $49,592, and the stolen cash amount is estimated at $30,000, said the suit.

Allen was also charged with failing to pay the state sales taxes for the businesses. The plaintiff alleges Allen took the money set aside for payments.

Allen is also charged with Class B theft and forgery from the same incident, following an investigation by Rockland Police Detective Russ Thompson.

Archer noticed in recent bank statements that a number of checks were written out to Allen, with Archer's forged signature.

Allen admitted to Thompson she had been embezzling money from the businesses since July. She said she cashed the fraudulent checks at Wal-Mart, and admitted to forging Archer's signature. Thompson said the amount of money stolen is expected to rise once bank records are analyzed, according to a police affidavit.

Archer is represented by Rockport attorney Robert J. Rubin.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: troy a goodnow | Jan 04, 2014 21:12

There's only one person you can trust...yourself

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