Former Material girls manager Krista Brown was arrested by Flowood police for embezzlement. Material Girls owner Whitney Giordano Foster filed embezzlement charges and alleged she stole $14,353 from the Flowood location of the store. Brown was arrested last December by Ridgeland police and charged her with embezzling $9,556 from her Ridgeland store. However, Mrs. Foster told JJ that the amount embezzled at the Ridgeland store has been discovered to be over $28,000. Brown stands accused of embezzling over $42,000 from the two stores. She is currently free on bond. She is scheduled to go to trial on the Ridgeland charges on September 21.
The Flowood affidavit states Brown worked at Material Girls for over eight years and allegedly embezzled money from the business from Feburary 2014 to November 2014. JJ reported on December 16, 2014:
Ridgeland Police arrested Krista Brown for allegedly embezzling $9,556 from her employer, Material Girls. Material Girls is owned by Whitney Giordano Foster. Ms. Foster said she was the General Manager of Material Girls and worked at the company for over seven years.
The police report states Ms. Brown had access to the company paypal account. Material Girls sells women's clothing at its retail stores in Ridgeland and Flowood as well as on its website. The company provides payment services through Paypal to online customers. The paypal account allows the merchant to withdraw funds via electronic transfer to a bank account or paper checks issued by Paypal. Ms. Brown directed Paypal to issue her checks drawn on the Material Girls account. The total amount of the checks was $7,674. Ms. Brown also made purchases for herself through the Paypal account.
Ms. Brown apparently said the first check was issued due to a "keystroke error" but instead of returning the money she said she "deposited it into her account to help with old bills." She then transferred $3,000 to herself so she could purchase a Tahoe for a boyfriend, Jacarran Crump. She also confessed to using her company American Express Card to make other purchases for herself. She then confessed to more Paypal charges of $1,349 for hotel rooms and Victoria's Secret lingerie. Earlier post.