PD: Ahwatukee woman takes $130,000 from business, focing it to close

Posted at 1:38 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 16:38:28-04

An Ahwatukee woman is allegedly to blame for the closing of a Valley company after she embezzled $130,000 from the business.

Police report that from 2010 to 2013, 41-year-old Candace Jane Sutherland-Mott wrote checks, withdrew cash, and used company credit cards for personal use, ultimately costing the owner his business.

As part of her job as an employee of Schweitzer Development, Mott had access to company funds through a credit card and checks. 

She reportedly wrote over $85,000 in checks to herself for personal use, and used the money for dental bills, personal debt, and other items. She is also accused of taking cash withdrawals of $48,000. She additionally used a company credit card to spend $30,000 at gas stations and restaurants and to purchase airline tickets, car rentals, and car repairs. 

Police say these unauthorized transactions caused Schweitzer Development, "to close and cease operations."

Mott was arrested on July 20 at her home in Ahwatukee near 21st Street and Chandler Boulevard. She is facing theft charges.