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Business Observer Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022 3 months ago

Authorities: Accounting manager used stolen funds for Bucs tickets, groceries

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Detectives believe there could be additional unreported victims.

A Pinellas County woman has been charged in a theft case where authorities contend she used some of the ill-gotten gains, more than $225,000, to buy Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets, among other expenditures.

Jamie Fonville, 46, of Tarpon Springs, has been charged with three counts of felony scheme to defraud, according to a statement from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The office’s economic crimes unit alleges Fonville, in her role as accounting manager for First Choice Association Management, “manufactured fraudulent checks using the account information from three different homeowner associations.” Fonville, officials contend, “then deposited the checks into her own personal bank account.”

The total financial loss among all reported victims is estimated to be $228,300.83.

Detectives say Fonville used the money for personal expenditures, such as food, groceries, daily living expenses and Bucs tickets. Fonville also paid her personal credit card bills with the money, the release states.

Detectives were made aware of possible fraudulent activity in February from an account overseen by First Choice Association Management. Fonville, the release states, was responsible for managing the bank accounts and issuing checks for 58 different homeowner associations.

Fonville was arrested on June 24 and transported to Pinellas County Jail.

Detectives believe there are additional unreported victims. If you have any information regarding this case or may have been a victim, contact Cpl. Kyle Cruise with the Economic Crimes Unit at 727-582-5711.

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