Littleton woman arrested, accused of embezzling $170,000 from Metro Construction company

Kathleen McGrath posts $15,000 bond

DENVER - A Littleton woman, who investigators say embezzled $170,000 from a local construction company, is now facing charges of theft, computer crime and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device.

Kathleen McGrath, 55, of 7801 N. Roxborough Park Rd., turned herself in to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 27.

Investigators say McGrath worked as a bookkeeper at Metro Construction, Inc. at 2641 Walnut Street in Denver.

On May 22, 2012, company president Jerod Raisch returned from a trip to St. Louis and noticed that two checks had been written to Sam’s Club.

According to the court documents obtained by 7NEWS, Raisch confronted McGrath and asked why she had company checks and she replied with a “blank stare.”

McGrath was placed on paid leave pending the company’s internal investigation and was terminated from her job two weeks later.

During their investigation, company officials determined that McGrath had made approximately 180 unauthorized purchases totally $160,000 using the company’s checking account.

They say McGrath entered the transactions into the company’s accounting software as legitimate business expenses in order to hide the theft.

Investigators said the software entries did not match the checks.

For example, check #17883 was entered into QuickBooks as office supplies from Office Max, but instead the check was actually used to purchase $661.16 from Sam’s Club.

They later discovered that she had allegedly been using one of the company’s gas credit cards and rang up charges in excess of $10,000.

Fellow employees told investigators that while employed at the firm, McGrath would frequently leave in the middle of the day.

They say she told them she was working at one of the firm’s other locations.

During their investigation, authorities found a photo of McGrath on another website associated with McBassi & Company. The website indicated she was their accountant.

A source at McBassi told 7NEWS that they had no problems with McGrath.

While checking McGrath’s criminal history, investigators learned that she had been arrested in 2009 by the Cherry Hills Police Department for forgery and theft.

According to the complaint, she pled guilty to one count of theft and the forgery charge was dismissed. She was given a two-year deferred sentence and was ordered to pay $7,770.40 restitution in that case.

7NEWS attempted to contact McGrath.  The message on her phone states that her mailbox is full.

McGrath posted $15,000 bond in connection with the alleged theft from Metro Construction.

She is scheduled to appear in court for the case on March 8.