Woman accused of embezzling more than $100K from Smith County business arrested, out on bond

Holly Leann Elliott, a local wedding planner, has been arrested on theft charges in Smith County.

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A woman who has been accused by a local business of embezzling over $100K was arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail on Tuesday. On Tuesday night, it was confirmed that Holly Elliott has bonded out of jail.

Forty-three-year old Holly Leann Elliott was wanted for allegedly embezzling over $100,000 from a local business. She has been charged with theft of property greater than $30K, less than $150K. She was being held on a $100,000 surety bond in the Smith County jail, and she bonded out by Tuesday night.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help locating Elliott on Dec. 7, and said she was wanted for theft of property.

Holly Elliott "wanted" poster; Elliott was arrested on December 11, 2018.
Holly Elliott "wanted" poster; Elliott was arrested on December 11, 2018. (Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office)

Bill and Eva Sealey own Centaur Arabian Farms, an event venue in Flint, and say they hired Elliott in 2014. They claim they uncovered $150,000-$200,000 in pocketed cash plus lost revenue.

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“She was offering outlandish discounts to brides and grooms to book and pay cash,” Eva Sealey said. “And if they paid cash, they would get the discounts and then she would meet them somewhere other than the office to pay cash, so it wasn’t traceable on our video cameras.”

The Sealeys say they first discovered Holly’s alleged embezzling in August. The first of the weddings involved in Elliott’s scheme were in September, leaving the Sealeys with weddings they had no money for.

“We got a phone call from one of the people who paid in full that wasn’t on our books,” Bill Sealey said.

Holly Elliott (Source: Holly Elliott, Facebook)
Holly Elliott (Source: Holly Elliott, Facebook)

And when the couple called Elliott to clear things up, she hung up the phone.

“You just can’t describe how it feels,” Eva Sealey said. “We’ve cried and grieved a lot.”

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