Prosecutors in Snohomish County say 47-year-old Rebecca Lynn Riley-Terry logged $9,949.20 in unauthorized charges on her company credit card between June and September, 2011. The one main problem for Riley-Terry: That money went to the Facebook game FrontierVille.
Riley-Terry has been charged with first-degree theft because of the allegations against her.
If you thought your junior-high-aged niece was the only person who actually played FrontierVille, apparently you're wrong. According to charging documents filed in Snohomish County Superior Court on Monday, during a four-month span Riley-Terry racked up the aforementioned, jaw-dropping total - which averages out to more than $2,000 a month - using an American Express account she had access to through her employer, American Insure All in Lynnwood.
Not surprisingly, according to authorities she wasn't supposed to do that. Now she's in trouble.
Riley-Terry was arrested and booked for the crime in October, 2011. According to charging documents, after her arrest and a run through her Miranda rights, Riley-Terry admitted to police that she used the card without the permission of her employer, and all of the nearly $10,000 in FrontierVille charges came from her home in Arlington.
In addition to the exorbitant FrontierVille charges, prosecutors in Snohomish County also say in charging documents that Riley-Terry admitted to making additional unauthorized gas purchases on her company credit card. She apparently told authorities that she was supposed to be reimbursed for her work-related travel, but never kept track of her mileage - so, instead, she charged $994.39 on the company's American Express during a string of purchases in Lynwood, Arlington, Marysville and Burlington. Riley-Terry admitted to authorities that these fuel purchases were unauthorized, which is backed up by charging documents indicating Donald Moe Sr. of American Insure All denies any arrangements were made with Riley-Terry to reimburse her for gas.
Charging documents also note that American Express has the ability to track usage by individual card members (Gasp! Who knew?), and that all of the purchases listed above (and in the charging documents attached below) were associated with card member "Rebecca Riley Terry."
The only redeeming note in all of this for Riley-Terry is charging documents note she has paid back $800 to date.