SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has charged a Port Charlotte couple with stealing more than $300,000 from the woman's employer over the past two years.
The owner of Community Title and Escrow in Englewood discovered an employee made several withdrawals from two business accounts and confronted the woman, who admitted she needed the money to support a crack cocaine addiction. The woman was fired and the crime reported to the sheriff's office.
Detectives determined Kimberly Eckman, 45, 12351 Deepwoods Ave., Port Charlotte, wrote at least 485 checks since May 2013 totaling $307, 418. Bank records show checks made out to and cashed by boyfriend, Dean Meier, 48, of the same address. Eckman is not authorized to write checks for the business or sign the owner's name.
Eckman was arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony count of scheme to defraud. She is being held in the Sarasota County jail on $50,000 bond.
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Detectives have arrested Meier after he twice failed to show up for scheduled interviews. No bond information was immediately available.