MANDEVILLE, LA (WVUE) - A Mandeville convenience store employee has been charged with 188 counts of bank fraud, allegedly stealing over $200,000 from a small business.
Jerry Carter, 51, was arrested on Friday as the result of a months-long investigation. Mandeville police initiated the investigation on February 2.
Carter, a former employee of Minnie's Quickstop in Mandeville, is accused of stealing $219,200 from the business' checking account. Police say he was an authorized user if the business' account and was frequently tasked to make deposits and withdrawals.
In November of 2013, police say that the owner of the business noticed a discrepancy on a withdrawal slip totaling $2,000 and confronted Carter. Carter then removed $2,000 from his pocket and stated that the bank must have made a mistake, police say.
Carter was then removed as an authorized user of the account, but remained on as an employee until August, 2010, when he was allegedly caught stealing a roll of quarters, Mandeville police say. He was terminated.
Officers say the owner then began reviewing transactions from 2012 and 2013 involving Carter. An investigation was launched.
Mandeville police say that during a 24 month period, Carter withdrew large amounts of cash on 188 occasions, totaling $219,200, without authorization.
After questioning, police say Carter confessed to the thefts. He was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.