Bookkeeper charged in embezzlement case

Delaware State Police last week arrested a 49-year-old Millsboro woman after a three-month investigation into alleged embezzlement from Ocean RV in Ocean View.

Police said their investigation began after the victim, in March of 2010, was contacted by a representative of the Internal Revenue Service regarding unpaid employee taxes. When the victim attempted to contact longtime bookkeeper Virginia Bradshaw, police said, Bradshaw left the business unexpectedly and did not return.

The victim next contracted an outside accounting firm to review Ocean RV business records, they said. The accounting firm discovered that Bradshaw had allegedly created two business accounts – one consisting of actual business transactions and a second account containing fraudulent transactions.

State police detectives said Bradshaw would allegedly write out checks to cash and fraudulently document its actual use into a business ledger. Bradshaw would also allegedly write out checks and deposit them into her personal account, as well as creating multiple paychecks for herself during the same work period.

Bradshaw is accused of embezzling more than $100,000 over a span of five years, from January to 2005 through November of 2010.

Police charged Bradshaw with Theft Where the Property Value is $ 100,000 or More (Fraud); Tampering With Public Records, First Degree; Forgery 1st Degree/Alters Written Instrument of Another Person without Authority; Possession of Forgery Devices, Apparatus Capable to Adapting for Forgery; Falsifying Business Records by Omit to Make a True Entry in Business Record; Failure to File Return, Supply Information or Pay Tax; Theft, Tampering with Public Records, Forgery, Possession of Forgery Devices and filing a false tax return. After being arraigned, Bradshaw was released on $18,000 unsecured bond.