A trusted friend, hired to run a local, family-owned business was well on her way to running that business into the ground when Webster Parish Sheriff's investigators intervened.
According to Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton, Janice Ann McBride, 57, of Shreveport and Lafayette, is charged with felony theft over $40,000.
McBride, who also uses the last name Aufrichtig, was hired six months ago to help run the business. She reportedly stole more than $42,000 by using company credit cards to pay her living expenses, make car payments and purchase fuel. She allegedly took $10,000 in cash, wrote checks to herself, made wire transfers to her bank account and gave herself a raise.
The south Webster Parish manufacturing business was alerted to a possible problem when a bank reportedly called, threatening to repossess equipment for which McBride was supposed to be making payments as part of her job.
Sheriff's detectives Scott Tucker and Tommy Kemp, Jr. conducted an investigation, along with the company, going through books and double checking the accounting system.
McBride reportedly spent time in Shreveport and Sunset, which is near Opelousas. The majority of credit card charges were allegedly made in the Opelousas/Lafayette area.
Detectives learned Tuesday that McBride is also a real estate agent, working for Keller-Williams Realty in Lafayette.
A warrant was issued for her arrest, and McBride surrendered to investigators Monday evening at the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office. She was booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center under a $75,000 bond. She posted bond Monday night.