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Employees Charged With Defrauding Florida Dealership

March 11, 2014

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Three dealership employees were arrested last week for allegedly embezzling $400,000 from their employer, according to a report in The Tampa Tribune.

Charged were Larry Dubose, 39, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., James Surrett, 45, of Orlando, Fla., and Patricia Lipka, 51, of Fort Myers, Fla. Employed by Lokey Automotive, the three employees were associated with an offsite marketing company that billed the dealership for work, including marketing and mailing services, that was never performed.

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  1. 1. Bubba B [ March 21, 2014 @ 10:22AM ]

    Ahh, the classic shell company billing scheme. Even with strong internal controls, it would have been tough to stop this scheme, given the collusion between management. GM's are usually well paid... interesting that this GM felt the need to steal from his employer. I wish the author(s) would have elaborated on how exactly they got caught.

  2. 2. Jay [ March 24, 2014 @ 10:19AM ]

    GREED is usually the reason most get caught.... I must blame the dealer principle though, as how can he even consider allowing his GM to have a steak in a company the dealership does business with? I cant imagine the dealer not knowing his GM was involved with the company...

  3. 3. stick bogart [ March 10, 2015 @ 10:09AM ]

    I was a auto dealer FRAUD investigator for RipOffReport.com for 14 years I know what I am talking about. Just google
    Auto dealer does CSI diversion and look at all that pops up on the first page of Google

    Signed Stick Bogart


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