Flint woman accused of stealing $150K from auto dealership

Flint woman accused of stealing $150K from auto dealership
Michelle Jones (Source: Smith County Jail)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Flint woman is scheduled to appear in court this month in connection with allegations she embezzled more than $150,000 from her 19-year employer.

Michelle Jones, 40, is charged with second-degree theft. She is scheduled for a plea hearing on Aug. 23 in Judge Jack Skeen's court.

According to an arrest affidavit, Police met with an attorney and employees for Classic Toyota. They said Jones was an employee for the dealership for 19 years and had been assigned the office manager for the Mercedes Benz dealership in August of 2012. In December of 2016, an employee noticed a discrepancy in the end-of-year report, which led to an investigation.

The affidavit states they then began reviewing transactions made by Jones and found several suspicious account adjustments for a total loss of $150,702.71 in cash.

The affidavit lists many instances, dating back to October of 2014, in which Jones would adjust records on car sales. For instance, on Nov. 11, 2016, a couple made a down payment of $13,000, with $9,000 in cash. The affidavit states Jones only deposited $7,000 of the cash and kept $2,000. She then reduced the sale amount of the car by $2,000 in the dealership records.

The affidavit lists 42 occasions in which Jones changed accounting records in order to keep the cash.

A warrant for her arrest was obtained on May 31, 2017, and she was arrested on the charge June 3, 2017.

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