A former New Albany woman is accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from her former employer to purchase designer handbags, shoes and housewares, 10TV’s Maureen Kocot reported on Thursday.
Erin Drabyn was charged with felony theft Thursday after police said that she stole more than $375,000 from the consulting firm where she used to work.
According to New Albany police Chief Mark Chaney, Drabyn, 41, wrote herself hundreds of checks and opened credit cards in her former employer’s name during a six-year period.
“He found his payroll checks were bouncing, and he didn’t understand why,” Chaney said. “He thought he had plenty of money in his accounts.”
Police said that Drabyn bought items from Neiman Marcus and Sax Fifth Avenue and designer handbags from Louis Vuitton, Coach and Prada. She also purchased UGG boots and upscale furniture, police said.
“She was trusted so much to do all of it as the office manager, and she ended up taking advantage of the situation,” Chaney said.
Police said that Drabyn told her employer that she needed the money because she was sick, but she then quit and moved to Florida.
Chaney said that prosecutors said that if Drabyn does not come back to New Albany, they would send sheriff’s deputies to get her.
The court plans to send a summons for Drabyn to return to Franklin County to face the charges.
“She’s not going to get away from this just by going to Florida,” Chaney said.
Prosecutors did not say what they would do with the designer items after they were no longer needed as evidence.
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