Forsyth County bookkeeper charged for embezzling from former employer

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

Roswell Police have charged a Cumming woman in the embezzlement of more than $120,000 from her former employer.
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. —

Roswell Police have charged a Cumming woman in the embezzlement of more than $120,000 from her former employer.

Malisa Vasquez, 34, faces felony theft charges.

The General Manager of Atlanta Motor World in Roswell told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik Vasquez was the motorcycle dealer's long-time bookkeeper.

Sean Trawick said the company's owner started to notice irregularities in the books, and after Vasquez went on a medical leave, he said an audit turned up the missing money.

"Things are still being uncovered," he said. "It's a small family-owned business so it has an impact."

Trawick said none of the employees ever suspected Vasquez of theft and were shocked to learn she was allegedly behind it.

"When you're a small business, everybody's close," he said of the arrested mother. "She's got two kids, newborns, so it just kind of kills you right here with that. You think about the situation she put those two kids in. It's kind of heartbreaking."

An arrest report said Vasquez had been "overpaying herself" since 2009, and later admitted to the theft and promised to repay the money. When she didn't follow through, her bosses turned her in to police.

Petchenik went to Vasquez's Cumming home for comment, but nobody answered the door. He later reached her by phone but she said she would have no comment. Online records indicate she's free from the Fulton County jail on a $25,000 surety bond.

Trawick said the motorcycle sales business is seasonal and the news is coming at a slow time of year when sales were already slumping.

"You've got to keep moving forward and sell some bikes," he said.