Man accused of embezzling money from Lexus of Ann Arbor is jailed in Texas
A Howell man accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from Lexus of Ann Arbor while working as the dealership's general manager was arrested Thursday in Texas and is awaiting extradition, authorities said.
David Alan Proffitt, 39, was charged Tuesday with embezzlement of $50,000 or more, but less than $100,000, Washtenaw County court records show.
He was arrested by Plano police and booked Thursday at the Collin County Jail, jail offiicials said.
Proffitt is accused of writing more than 100 checks out to people, claiming they were customers at the Scio Township dealership who needed money refunded, Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies said.
Investigators said he forged signatures on the checks and cashed them, depositing the money into personal bank accounts. The money was allegedly stolen between April 2008 and February of this year.
Some money Proffitt is accused of stealing was used to pay another employee's rent, investigators said, in an apparent attempt to convince that employee to keep working at the dealership.
Jail officials said they did not know when Proffitt would appear in court.
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