Florida Woman Arrested For Allegedly Embezzling Over 800K From Three Businesses

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 35-year-old woman for allegedly embezzling from three businesses, one of them a charity.

Deputies said Mary Melissa Chancy “engaged in an elaborate scheme to embezzle funds” from a company and charity operated by Vincent “Cap” Mona.

Mona is heartbroken. He said he has decided to retire and give everything he has built to his sons.

He said he not only trusted Chancy, but he gave her every chance to tell him the truth.

Mona has been an entrepreneur all his life and has worked for his family.

In May 2019, Mona told deputies he believed Chancy, who was his bookkeeper, had misappropriated $570,000 from three of his companies: Three Palms Design Build LLC, Clinton Investment Group LLC and Cap Mona Angel Fund, a charitable organization established to provide aid to two schools and a church in Haiti.

“When she stole money from the school, how many meals would have helped feed those impoverished children, that’s the worst of it all,” Mona said. “She wasn’t as honest as we thought and that really hurt because she looked like a nice human being.”

An investigation showed that from the time Chancy was hired in January of 2016, a total of $800,281 had been misappropriated.

Investigators found Chancy recorded deceiving entries in ledges and manipulated bank statements, in addition to altering the names of payees when she was really paying herself.

She was arrested on felony warrants and faces charges of grand theft $100,000 or more, and scheme to defraud $50,000 or more.

She was booked into Collier County Jail and released after posting $60,000 bond.

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