Former Bookkeeper Stole More Than $1.1 Million Featured

By Staff Writer November 30, 2018

A dealership’s former bookkeeper was sentenced to 30 months in prison for embezzling more than $1.1 million.

Vanessa Vence-Small will serve three years of supervised release following her prison term.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Vence-Small was the controller of Felix F. Callari Inc., doing business as Continental BMW of Darien, Conn.  She made 65 unauthorized electronic fund transfers from October 2014 and June 2017 from the dealership’s bank account to her personal American Express account. The transfers totaled $904,659.29.
Vence-Small also issued and signed 28 checks drawn on the dealership’s bank account, in the total of $207,777.78, to pay various third parties, including credit card companies, contractors who performed work at her residence, and a different dealership from which she purchased a car.  She also incurred on company accounts an additional $31,452.08 in unauthorized credit card charges and reimbursements.

The investigation revealed Vence-Small’s personal expenses included first-class air travel and vacations to Australia, Hawaii, Mexico and Jamaica; payments to contractors to remodel and landscape her home, and the purchase of a $50,000 Ford Mustang.

Vence-Small was ordered to pay full restitution.  She has made approximately $200,000 in restitution payments to date.

Vence-Small pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

She was released on a $100,000 bond and ordered to report to prison on Feb. 4.

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