A 42-year-old woman is facing four felony charges of embezzlement after police say she spent three-and-a-half years making a total of $119,053 in personal payments with her employer’s money.
The suspect, Deborah H. Brickhouse of James City County, worked for Newport Hospitality Group — a hotel management company whose headquarters are located in New Town — managing financial accounts for two South Carolina hotels, the Greenville Southern Suites and the Spartanburg Southern Suites.
Stephanie Williams, a spokesperson with the James City County Police Department, said between December 2011 and May 2015, Brickhouse used Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments from the two hotels’ financial accounts to pay her Home Depot and Sam’s Club accounts and manipulated the records to hide the transactions.
Williams said Brickhouse set up her Sam’s Club credit card up as an automatic monthly payment using the company’s money.
From Greenville Southern Suites, Brickhouse allegedly embezzled more than $5,000 in 2013, more than $38,000 in 2014 and more than $18,000 in 2015.
She is suspected of stealing more than $57,000 from Spartanburg Southern Suites, including $28,257 in 2014 and $22,141 in 2015.
Williams said Brickhouse was terminated from her position in April 2015, and the accounts she was managing were turned over to another employee who noticed the recurring transactions.
Brickhouse now faces four felony counts of embezzlement.