HOUSTON (AP) - An accounting clerk for a Houston window-covering
company is accused of siphoning nearly $6 million from her employer
over the past four years -- spending the money on designer
merchandise, trips to Europe and the Bahamas, and on $100,000 worth
of furniture for her house.
Marcia Sinclair worked as an accounts receivable clerk for Gulf
Coast Window Covering for 16 years. She was arrested Monday. The
Houston Chronicle reports that she's being held in the Harris
County Jail in lieu of $12 million bail.
According to court records, the 43-year-old Sinclair deposited
checks meant for the company into her own bank account.
Sinclair's attorney says he plans to fight the bail at a hearing
in state district court scheduled for tomorrow.
Court records show that Gulf Coast Window Covering hired an
auditor after financial discrepancies came to light. Soon after the
auditor began investigating, Sinclair stopped showing up to work.
Prosecutors say Sinclair was charged with the first-degree
felony of theft because of the amount involved. If convicted, she
could face a punishment ranging from probation to life in prison.
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