Former dealership finance manager charged with theft

AUSTIN - A former finance manager at a north Austin car dealership is facing a felony charge after he allegedly kept thousands from vehicle sales at his residence.

A police affidavit states Charles Maund Toyota discovered a theft had occurred around Sept. 1. Comptroller personnel discovered there was cash missing while processing a transaction, and that the “deal date” for the transaction had been altered. The owner of the dealership confirmed with the customer that they had purchased the vehicle on the original date and put a down payment for the missing amount.

The affidavit stated the dealership’s finance manager, Charles Robinson, 32, was contacted about the missing money, who allegedly told his boss that there was a check in his office for the amount. Robinson was spotted a short time later, allegedly trying to deposit an envelope containing the missing amount in the dealership’s safe.

Charles Maund Toyota told police it conducted an audit, and found cash missing from three other car purchases, totaling $20,000 in cash. According to the affidavit, the dealership’s human resources director contacted Robinson about the missing money. Robinson allegedly said the money was in a “safe place,” and went on to explain he had started “floating” money around from car deals when he lost money in his office.

The HR director went to Robinson’s residence, and the affidavit states Robinson handed him a plastic bag with $11,400 and envelopes/notes in which Robinson had kept track of the deals in which he floated money.

Charles Maund Toyota told police that the total sum of money that was unaccounted for was $30,375. The dealership also said Robinson returned a total of $21,275 and that it withheld the remaining balance from Robinson’s final paycheck.

Police have charged Robinson with felony theft. The affidavit did not state a bail amount and a booking photo for Robinson was not available as of 11:15 a.m. Thursday.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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