Salisbury woman pleads guilty to embezzling over $180,000
A Salisbury woman pleaded guilty to embezzling over $180,000.
Between July 2014 and October 2018, 37-year-old Kimberly Jo-Harrison, the Sales and Office Manager for Kitty’s Flowers, embezzled over $180,000 by cancelling transactions within the Kitty’s Flowers point of sale software and then stole the corresponding cash out of the register.
Prior to July 2014, the point of sale software did not track cancelled transactions. It was updated at that time and the point of sale software began tracking canceled transactions.
In October 2018, the owners of Kitty’s Flowers became suspicious and uncovered Harrison’s scheme.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie L. Dykes specifically thanked Salisbury
Police Department Detective Troy Underwood, the lead investigator. Dykes also thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Bourdon, who prosecuted this case with the assistance of Katherine Bixler.
“We are fortunate to have committed detectives, prosecutors and staff who thoroughly and competently handle large, internal fraud and theft investigations,” State’s Attorney Dykes said. “My sincere hope is that felony convictions and sentences like Ms. Harrison’s demonstrate to our community that crimes that stem from an abuse of trust will not be tolerated in Wicomico County.”
Harrison was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but eighteen 18 months suspended.