A former accounts payable clerk at Quincy Farms, Elizabeth Ann Glisson, confessed Tuesday that she embezzled $160,598.17 from the company between 2007 and 2009. Glisson, 43, also known as Elizabeth Cheshi or Elizabeth Cheshire, has been charged with grand theft.
"I believe this is the largest amount of money that has ever been embezzled in the county," said Inv. Scott Ivey of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.
Glisson was laid off from the company, after 15 years, in December 2008 at the same time that several hundred employees at Quincy Farms, a mushroom growing facility, were also let go.
Ivey said that between February 2007 and February 2009 Glisson allegedly charged $17,829 worth of merchandise, without the consent of the company, to a Sam's Club credit card issued to Quincy Farms. During that time Glisson made 61 transactions in Gadsden, Jackson and Leon counties, according to a report released by the GCSO.
Between January 2007 and May 2008 Glisson, the report stated, wrote 50 checks totaling $141,886.29 from the Quincy Farms business account and diverted the money into her personal credit and banking accounts.
"She was able to do this because she was the boss. She was the one responsible for the oversight. The fox was in the hen house," Ivey said.
Some of her job duties called for her to review all Sam's Club credit card statements and issue checks for the outstanding balances. She was also in charge of writing checks from the business account to pay vendors who provided services at Quincy Farms.
After Glisson was laid off, Sylvan Inc., the parent company of Quincy Farms in Kittanning, Pa., discovered during an audit that between February 2007 and February 2008, 64 unauthorized and fraudulent transactions were made using a Sam's Club credit card, totaling $18,702.88.
"After they found out about that credit card, the company's internal auditors turned their attention to other credit cards and the company's checking account. That's when they discovered the checks had been written," Ivey said,
According to Ivey, Glisson was able to divert the checks because the checks are written in triplicate. The original check transfers the dollar amount of the check and two copies are kept in the office at Quincy Farms for record-keeping purposes. Ivey said that after reviewing the checks from Quincy Farms, it appeared that Glisson deposited the checks into her personal accounts because the names of the payees on the copies were different from the names on the original checks.
"She started out with small transactions of things like groceries. She would take trips. She took her family to California and other places. She also apparently liked to gamble," Ivey said.
On one occasion, when she took a three-day vacation, Glisson charged $272.38 to the company in Black River Falls, Wis. In August 2008, statements from the Sam's Club credit card were mailed to Glisson's home address in Sneads. The statements were addressed to Quincy Farms, in care of Elizabeth Cheshi, on D' Alemberte Road.
Glisson, who lives in Sneads, met Ivey and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Ed Waters Tuesday at the Sneads Police Department.
"She was very cooperative and showed remorse for what she'd done. She even offered to pay it back. But (when) we laid the evidence out on the table in front of her, there was nothing she could say. She admitted to taking the money and running up the charges," Ivey said.
Without the help of FDLE this case would have taken a long time to prove, Ivey said. Because the case was a multi-jurisdictional fraud case, FDLE was able to access bank records and credit card records that allowed them to follow the paper trail.
Glisson is being held in the Jackson County Jail on a $50,000 bond. If convicted, she could face up to 30 years in prison. Records show that she has no criminal background.