Deputies: Leasing manager stole rent

By Times staff writer
Published February 28, 2007

TAMPA - A former leasing manager has been charged with grand theft and organized scheme to defraud after authorities said she diverted close to $50,000 from her employer into a personal account, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Cindy R. George, 36, of 10106 Flair Court, Tampa, quit her job working for United Business Center in November, after the company questioned her about more than $80,000 in missing money, the Sheriff's Office said.

An initial audit by the business found that 48 checks totaling $48,762.97 had been diverted.

George was responsible for collecting lease and rent payments and making deposits into United Business Center's accounts.

She was also responsible for preparing the deposit reports, deputies said. She allegedly diverted rent payments into her personal business account by asking renters to fill out their checks to her company instead of United Business Center, and she allegedly fixed the books to cover up her fraud.

Records show that she was released from jail Tuesday after posting $15,000 bail.

The Sheriff's Office has an ongoing investigation.