Manager accused of embezzling from National Park gift stores on St. John
Published: September 6, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - A manager of gift stores located in Virgin Islands National Park on St. John pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and embezzlement charges in District Court on Thursday.
Cilma Austrie was arrested Aug. 31 and released on an unsecured appearance bond of $50,000, according to court records.
An indictment charges her with one count each of wire fraud and embezzlement by a clerk, agent or employee.
Austrie managed stores owned by the Eastern National Corporation and her duties included making deposits of daily receipts from store sales into the corporation's bank account, according to the indictment.
On March 23, 2012, Austrie deposited $3,375.14 into Eastern National's bank account, but she faxed deposit slips to the regional and corporate headquarters indicating that a total of $5,902.83 was deposited, according to an indictment.
Austrie is accused of stealing, or failing to deposit, $2,527.69 belonging to Eastern National on that date, according to the indictment.
The indictment alleges "the defendant Cilma Austrie would alter the deposit slips that she faxed to the regional and corporate headquarters to reflect the amount of cash reported by the computer generated gross receipts of the store that were electronically sent to the corporate offices."
Austrie's trial is scheduled for Oct. 21.
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