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BR accountant accused of stealing $31K from Indiana firm booked Wednesday, released on bond

1 year 1 month 2 days ago Wednesday, May 17 2023 May 17, 2023 May 17, 2023 2:30 PM May 17, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge woman accused of stealing nearly $32,000 while working as a remote accountant for an Indiana firm was arrested Wednesday on allegations of theft and illegal transmission of funds. 

As of April 5, 2024, no charges were filed and the case has been dropped.

Jail records show bond was set at $3,030 for Alexa Ellen Andrus, 29, whom deputies began seeking after receiving a complaint from the Indianapolis Police Department. She has since been released on bond, according to jail records. 

Officers in Indiana said the alleged theft included wire transfers and fraudulent reimbursements. The loss to the Indiana business totaled $31,807.53, according to East Baton Rouge Parish deputies.

Court documents indicate Andrus worked as a remote accountant for a company in Indianapolis. 

Detectives said Andrus used the same bank account for her legitimate payroll deposits as she did for fraudulent wire transfers. The fraud went on from Aug. 16, 2022 until Oct. 13, 2022.

Arrest records show Andrus signed a separation agreement with the business Oct. 11, 2022, and the following day she wired $20,000 into her account without authorization.

According to deputies, Andrus initially agreed to meet with law officers but then backed out. Her lawyer, Brenden Craig, told WBRZ on Tuesday that she would surrender Wednesday — but that she shouldn't face arrest.

"We believe this is a civil matter and not criminal," he said. He did not elaborate.

Attempts to reach Andrus were not successful. We also left messages for the business Andrus used to work for.

Ultimately, no charges were filed and the case was dropped.

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