Clearwater, Florida -- Three people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a scheme to embezzle about $400,000 from a Clearwater car dealership where they were employed.
According to detectives, between June 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2012, James Surrett, 45; Larry Dubose, 39; and Patricia Lipka, 51, were employed with Lokey Automotive which includes Lokey Nissan and Lokey VW on US 19 North in Clearwater.
During their employment at Lokey Automotive, the trio were also associated with an off-sight marketing company where James Surrett held the position of General Manager, Larry Dubose was a Sales Manager and Patricia Lipka was a Controller within the Accounting Department.
The three used their positions to complete invoices for the third party marketing company. They approved the invoices and signed checks payable to the third party marketing company for their own financial gain. The invoices were created and billed to Lokey Auto for marketing and mailing services that were never rendered.
Based on the evidence, arrest warrants were issued for the three on Wednesday, March 5. On March 6, James Surrett turned himself in to the Pinellas County Jail and has been charged with Scheme to Defraud. Larry Dubose was arrested on the warrant in Pasco County and has been charged with Scheme to Defraud. Patricia Lipka was arrested on the warrant in Lee County and has been charged with Scheme to Defraud.
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