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16-Year Dealership Employee Scams $4.1 Million From Group

March 30, 2017 6 Comments

Today’s story involves a former dealership employee who managed to scam millions from her place of employment.

According to a Buffalo Law Journal report, Billie Becker, 55, of East Aurora, New York has admitted to stealing over $4.1 million from her place of employment. Becker served as the controller for the Towne Auto Group


Becker admitted stealing more than $4.1 million dollars from the Erie County New York new and used vehicle dealership group. Becker had been employed with the dealer group for 16 years. The theft was reportedly discovered in the fall of 2016 when another business contacted the group about a $125,000 check, which led to the investigation and discovery of Becker’s fraud.

The former dealership controller could face 25 years in prison for her crime. What is the biggest challenge dealers face when it comes to finding and retaining trusted, long-term employees?

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  1. Mark Beaton says:

    Regarding the 16-Year dealership controller scamming $4.1 million dollars from an upstate New York auto group; an outside, independent audit once a year, at the end of the year before the books are closed will eliminate the possibility of fraud from office personnel. I would also add a state sales tax audit, at the same time, to make sure the reporting and payment of sales tax are correct as well.

  2. John shellock says:

    Her position was the comptroller, not a controller. Look it up.

  3. Justin Engel says:

    A mandatory 2 week vacation every will uncover a host of problems beyond embezzlement.

  4. Jman says:

    All comptroller steal!

  5. Geoff says:

    Isn’t a controller typically for profit organizations and a comptroller is for Government and non-profit ?? I think controller is more appropriate for this situation.

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