Trucking Company Accountant Admits to Fraudulent Check Scam
Ames, IA – A 28-year-old Iowa man is facing numerous charges after authorities say he perpetrated a fraud on a trucking company that employed him as an accountant.
Tory A. Puetz, of Ames, has been charged with first-degree theft and first-degree fraudulent practice for allegedly stealing more than $40,000 from DW Trucking.
According to a report by the Ames Tribune, Puetz is accused of engaging in a seven-month long scam.
Authorities say between March 4 and October 14, 2019, Puetz deposited a total of 13 unauthorized company checks into his U.S. Bank account amounting to $41,696.58.
According to the Ames Police Department, a co-worker of Puetz discovered the unauthorized checks on November 7, 2019, and alerted authorities.
During the course of the investigation, authorities say Puetz admitted he “made alterations to their financial records to conceal the production of the fraudulent checks.”
According to the criminal complaint, Puetz admitted to the company’s owner “that he did it and it was a stupid mistake.”
A warrant for his arrest was issued on January 6, 2020, and Puetz turned himself in.
He has since posted bond and a court hearing on the matter is scheduled for January 24, 2020.