Amy Speight, 44, was indicted on charges of theft of property over $60,000 and forgery over $1,000. She is free on $50,000 bond.
Speight worked as bookkeeper, customer service and office manager for two affiliated companies, including Buy Memphis Now and Home Buyers Express. She was in charge of receiving and distributing funds for the businesses.
Investigators said Speight generated dozens of unauthorized checks between January 2013 and December 2014 that were made payable to her as “bonuses” or “payroll” from the businesses’ accounts.She was terminated in January of 2015.
The case is being handled by Byron Winsett, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Public Corruption & Economic Crime Unit (PCEC), which is responsible for the prosecution of fraud and theft from governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses, and money laundering cases.
Prosecutors and investigators work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in bringing the cases to justice.
The unit is part of the Memphis and Shelby County White Collar Crime Task Force that includes law enforcement officers from the Memphis Police Department Economic Crimes Bureau and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
The PCEC also operates the DA’s Hot Check Program that helps local merchants and citizens recover funds from worthless-check writers.