Florida Woman Embezzles $170,000 to Buy Breast Implants

The first sign something was wrong at Robbins Camper Sales in Ormand Beach was a $1,000 discrepancy in a routine sale. After a yearlong investigation into the RV dealer's books, though, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office discovered quite a bit more missing, to the tune of $170,000.

Police now say the firm's former accountant, 37-year-old Steffani Lariscy, took the cash to buy breast implants and new furniture.

Lariscy's scheme fell apart last February, when Robbins' owner noticed that the accountant had noted a $10,000 deposit on the books for a camper sale that actually netted $11,000. Confused, the owner contacted the bank -- and discovered that there'd never been a deposit at all, says the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

The owner confronted Lariscy, who denied knowing anything about the missing cash. But when the owner noticed that a handwritten deposit slip had been purposely torn out of a record book, he confronted her again, and Lariscy admitted she'd taken the money to "help pay for a divorce."

She pledged to pay back the company -- but then took off.

Robbins' owner called police and hired a forensic accountant, who discovered that Lariscy had accounts in her name at more than a dozen banks and that a total of $169,822.63 was missing from the company's accounts.

Tipsters, meanwhile, told the police that Lariscy had recently spent $7,000 on breast implants, refurnished her house, and bragged about having large amounts of cash on hand.

Last Thursday, the authorities found Lariscy living in North Carolina. She's been charged with grand theft.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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