Husband, wife indicted on fraud, theft and forgery charges

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GILBERT - The following is a press release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Gilbert residents Edmond B. Flynn, 37 (DOB 6/15/71), and LaDonna G. Flynn, 36 (DOB 11/14/72), have been indicted on 16 charges related to the alleged financial bilking of Westfire, Inc. Edmond Flynn was in sales and LaDonna Flynn worked as a bookkeeper at the fire protection company based in Tempe. The married couple is accused of pilfering over $300,000 in a four year span ending in March 2008. The Flynn's were arrested on April 7, 2009, after an 8-month investigation by Tempe Police, led by Detective Christine Connors. Officials with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office Forfeiture Division assisted in the seizure of the Flynn's assets, including a $5000 grandfather clock, four ATV's, a Cadillac Escalade, a 2007 full sized Dodge Ram pickup truck and a 1996 Chevy Corvette, on the same day. The couple was arraigned on April 22, 2009.

According to a Tempe police probable cause statement, between November 6, 2003 and March 13, 2008, Edmond and LaDonna Flynn are alleged to have stolen and deposited Westfire customer checks totaling over $267,000 into a dormant account. The money was then diverted to pay off company credit cards that were used for personal purchases that both defendants were allegedly making. The defendants are also alleged to have used the company account at Avis Rental for the use of cars in the amount of $18,071.

Additionally, both defendants are said to have used company airline vouchers worth more than $4,300.

Including the unpaid balances on the credit cards, the total amount taken came to $318,450. LaDonna also is accused of forging the name of a company officer on the checks deposited in the dormant account.

The April 14, 2009, indictment contains these charges: Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, a class two felony, Theft, a class two felony, Forgery, a class four felony (6 counts), Theft of Credit Card or Obtaining a Credit Card by Fraudulent Means, class five felonies (2 counts), Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, a class five felony, and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, class six felonies (5 counts).

"Financial crimes will be prosecuted forcefully to bring about justice and to serve as a critical deterrent for those considering similar acts," said Thomas.