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Cannons Marina is located at 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive. (Robin Hartill)
Longboat Key Thursday, May. 1, 2014 3 years ago

Cannons bookkeeper charged with theft

by: Robin Hartill Managing Editor

The longtime bookkeeper of Cannons Marina was arrested last week and charged with one count of grant theft of more than $100,000 and one count of scheming to defraud of more than $50,000.

Kristine McWilliams, 46, was arrested without incident April 23, at her Myakka City home.

McWilliams worked at Cannons for approximately 10 years and was responsible for keeping books and making deposits, according to a Manatee County probable cause affidavit.

In July 2013, Cannons owner David Miller discovered discrepancies in his daily deposits and found modified deposit slips and deposits with little or no cash.

Longboat Key police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted a joint investigation that lasted approximately six months.

A forensic audit showed that between June 2012 and July 2013, more than 100 deposits were modified, and $109,506.16 was missing.

“She was basically diverting the cash portion of the bank deposits,” said Longboat Key Police Capt. Kristina Roberts. “She would leave with the cash, checks and charges, but the cash never made it.”

McWilliams was fired in July before Miller contacted police, according to Roberts.

Miller could not immediately be reached for comment.

McWilliams has no previous criminal history, court records state. She has pleaded not guilty.

Contact Robin Hartill at [email protected].

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