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Woman charged after $40,000 stolen from downtown hotel

Sep 08 2012

A 28-year-old Victoria woman has been charged with stealing more than $40,000 from a downtown hotel where she worked as a financial controller.

Stephanie Andrews allegedly diverted money from the hotel to a personal account over 13 months beginning in May 2010, Victoria police say. She has been charged with fraud over $5,000 and will make her first court appearance on Nov. 13.

Victoria police say the alleged fraud was uncovered during an audit of the hotel's financial records that found several "unusual and high-dollar refunds" administered by Andrews.

Police allege Andrews also gained remote access to the company's accounts and continued to make withdrawals even after she was suspended. The alleged fraud involved 40 transactions for a total of $41,495, police say.

The Victoria police department's financial crime section worked with the hotel on the investigation.

Andrews was arrested on July 24, but Crown counsel only recently approved a charge.

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