- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

COUER D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A dockmaster with the Coeur d’Alene Resort marina was accused of stealing $467,800 from his employer by pocketing cash refunds for boat rentals so he could pay his bills and buy items for his family.

The 37-year-old employee was fired from his job Oct. 15 after an internal company investigation, the Spokesman-Review reported (https://bit.ly/1kdWUq9 ). He was arrested Oct. 22 and charged with grand theft. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov. 13.

Police say an audit of the resort for owner Hagadone Corp. found 1,259 fraudulent refunds since 2005, including 156 refunds totaling almost $53,000 this year.

The dockmaster told managers he used the cash to pay bills, send his children to soccer and basketball camps and buy things for his family he couldn’t have otherwise, police say.

A review of the business found irregularities with cash refunds for boat rentals, authorities said.

Resort security installed surveillance cameras and recorded Parks pocketing a $477 refund, police said. Parks told resort security that he had been issuing fraudulent cash refunds two to three times a week since 2009.

The company’s website said he worked in the marine business for 12 years.

“He makes certain it’s all smooth sailing at the Boardwalk and Silver Beach marinas, with an eye for excellence and a knack for fixing just about anything,” the corporate biography stated.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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