Deputies: Woman used portion of embezzled money to pay monthly restitution

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - A Seminole woman embezzled more than $100,000 from her employer and then used some of the money to pay monthly restitution from a previous grand theft conviction involving more than $100,000, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives say Kristina E. Melvin, 45, was an office manager and bookkeeper for Seats and  They say she obtained the money from the company's corporate bank account.

According to a sheriff's statement, Melvin "created a fictitious PayPal account with a business name that closely resembled the name of one of the company's legitimate long-time vendors. The fictitious account was linked to the suspect bank account. The suspect sent multiple invoices from the fictitious PayPal account to Seats and Chairs and then paid these invoices from her employer's bank account through her employer's PayPal account to her PayPal account. Detectives say the funds were ultimately received by the suspect's bank account..."

Detectives say more than $98,000 was obtained via the Paypal scheme and that other money was fraudulently obtained through different means.

Melvin used a portion of the money to make monthly restitution payments while on felony probation for a previous grand theft conviction involving more than $100,000. That case occurred in Pinellas Park in 2008, according to the statement.

The investigation began in March of last year.

Melvin is charged with grand theft and violation of probation. She was held on $50,000 bond, according to jail records.

The investigation is ongoing.

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