SENECA FALLS, NY (WROC) — Court papers show a woman accused in the theft of more than a million dollars from a Seneca County business admitted to the crimes in interviews with FBI agents.
In January, Karen Owens was charged with scheme to defraud for stealing more than $1.3 million from Finger Lakes Conveyors (FLC).
Investigators say Owens worked at Finger Lakes Conveyors since 2003 as finance director. In 2011, agents say Owens began taking money from the business to pay off credit card debts.
According to court papers, Owens would write checks to herself and then put entries for the checks in the company’s books as one of FLC’s vendors.
The missing money wasn’t noticed until 2017. At that time, FBI agents began looking into the case.
During an interview in 2017, agents say Owens admitted to taking $1,379,334. She told agents she planned to take money once and pay it back but instead kept stealing.