Swisher International Employee Arrested for Embezzling $5.2 Million (Update)

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An accountant who previously worked at Swisher International has been arrested for allegedly embezzling $5.2 million from the company.

In early December, Gretchen Michele Camp, 36, of Timber Creek Blvd, was arrested on charges of first degree felony for stealing over $4 million from the Jacksonville-based company. In late December, an additional charge alleged Camp embezzled an additional $1.2 million.

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According to the police report, Camp—who worked as an accountant—created an estimated $4 million in fake invoices late last year. Those invoices were subject to be paid to Lodge and Anchor, a Macon, Ga.-based company owned by a friend of her husband. The complaint alleges that Lodge and Anchor never rendered any services and that when confronted, Camp admitted to Swisher officials that the invoices were fake.

According to her LinkedIn page, Camp began working as a tax manager for Swisher in August 2009.

Swisher International produces more cigars than any other company. While most of those cigars are little cigars, the company also owns Drew Estate.

Update (Dec. 30, 2018) — Camp has been charged with embezzling an additional $1.2 million. This story was originally published on Dec. 6.

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