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Delavan woman charged with stealing more than $35,000 from client, boss

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
January 7, 2010
— A Delavan woman working for a financial advising company in Walworth County is accused of stealing $35,000 from one of the company's clients.

Amanda J. Cameron, 29, of 407 E. Geneva St., is charged with theft of more than $10,000 in a business setting. She faces 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.


Cameron was in court Wednesday and remains free on a $10,000 signature bond.


According to the criminal complaint:


Cameron worked under an accountant at Financial Advisors Inc. in Delavan. The accountant told authorities Cameron had access to money belonging to clients and was responsible for transferring funds from clients' business accounts into their personal accounts.


Cameron is accused of writing checks to herself and transferring money electronically from a client's account. Cameron's boss told authorities they found more than 60 transactions to Cameron's account in a year.


Detectives contacted the victim, who said more than $17,477 was taken from her account with checks written to Cameron's account and $17,890 in electronic transfers from her account to Cameron.


The theft resulted in overdraft fees and bank charges the victim had to pay.


In a Dec. 9 letter to her boss, Cameron admitted stealing $6,000 from her boss and added that in November she tried to steal another $3,000.


In a Dec. 13 letter, Cameron again admitted stealing two checks totaling $6,000 and apologized for writing a payroll check in 2006 for $1,420 more than she should have received. She also wrote that she had stolen a total of $7,420 from her boss and apologized for being a thief.


Both typed letters appear to have Cameron's handwritten signature. Cameron's mother told authorities her daughter admitted to her that she’d stolen from her boss and client.


Cameron is due back in Walworth County Court on Thursday, Jan. 14.



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