Bookkeeper, South Brevard Physician’s Office Assistant Arrested For Fraud Totaling Over $100K
By Space Coast Daily // May 5, 2017
49-year-old Deanna Parton Arrested
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Economic Crimes Task Force, has arrested 49-year-old Deanna Parton from Palm Bay for fraudulent activities revolving around her employment as a bookkeeper and assistant to a South Brevard County OBGYN physician’s office.
Parton was arrested on Wednesday, May 3, after an arrest warrant was issued charging her with Scheming to Defraud, Grand Theft, over $100,000 Criminal Use of Personal ID Information, two counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and eight counts of Depositing Checks with Intent to Defraud.
Parton was transported to the Brevard County Jail Complex where she is being held on a $340,000 Bond.
Authorities say the investigation was initiated after her employer discovered that Parton was skimming money from the business accounts, as Economic Crimes Agents uncovered that Parton had been involved in various schemes to defraud the business and patients over the course of several years.
The investigation revealed that Parton made thousands of dollars in unauthorized ATM withdrawals, issued herself bonus checks and stole money from patients paying for services with cash, according to Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
Parton also made significant personal purchases using the business’s personal credit card to local retailers, restaurants, entertainment, and also received cash back for every purchase made, Goodyear added.
Investigators determined that Parton stole over $150,000 from the practice that can be prosecuted within the statute of limitations.
Anyone with information in reference to this investigation is asked to please call Agent Wolfgang Kermer of the Economic Crimes Task Force at 321-633- 8410 or CRIMELINE at 321-423- TIPS (8477).
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, Titusville Police Department, Melbourne Police Department, Cocoa Police Department and a dedicated attorney from the State Attorney’s Office.