GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – A not too long ago laid-off worker is accused of embezzling greater than $872,000 from a Greeley enterprise. Aaron Ray Pelto, 49, labored as a controller for landscaping firm Inexperienced Earth Environmental.
An workplace employee on the firm contacted police and accused Pelto of embezzling greater than $307,000 since 2019. Investigators later discovered Pelto allegedly embezzled greater than $872,000 since 2016, in accordance with court docket paperwork.
Police mentioned Pelto oversaw all monetary features of the enterprise and was the one worker with entry to the corporate’s payroll in QuickBooks. The investigation discovered 48 fabricated checks issued to totally different distributors.
Inexperienced Earth Environmental employed a 3rd social gathering IT firm to look at Pelto’s laptop. The corporate discovered Pelto deleted a backup file on his work laptop moments earlier than he was laid off.
Investigators combed by payroll information and located Pelto acquired 107 unauthorized direct deposits into quite a few accounts totaling $868,224. Pelto can be accused of issuing two bodily checks to himself totaling $3,906.
Pelto was booked into the Weld County Jail on theft and cybercrime fees. He not too long ago bought property in Hawaii, in accordance with interviews with members of the family.