Portsia Smith covers Louisa County crime and news.
Louisa woman charged in company theft
A Louisa County woman is facing charges after her employer suspected she was stealing money from the company.
Employees at Biomass Energy, a wood pellet production and supply company in Bumpass, “discovered some discrepancies” involving shipments of wood to the business, said Louisa Detective Scott Renalds.
Karen Devin Miller, 42, of Bumpass, was the scalehouse attendant at Biomass, and recorded deliveries from outside companies that got paid for bringing in raw wood. Trucks come to the scalehouse to get weighed, which would determine how much they were paid, Renalds said.
But when the amount of money and the amount of products didn’t match up, Renalds said Biomass workers turned their suspicions over to the police last month.
According to an investigation by Louisa Detective Mark Stanton, Miller recorded deliveries from made-up companies.
“There are records of numerous phantom loads of timber being logged as incoming and exiting through the scalehouse where Ms. Miller was the primary employee logging loads in and out and recording their tare weight,” he wrote in an affidavit.
Renalds said Biomass is still trying to figure out the full extent of money lost, but that it has the potential to be up to $200,000.
Miller is charged with 10 counts of grand larceny and 7 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses for offenses that range from January 2010 to September 2011.
She was released on her own recognizance and has a scheduled court appearance for Feb. 9 in Louisa County General District Court.