Police: Tyson Foods Employee steals over $25K from company

Debra Rottmund

A Lancaster County woman has been arrested after police say she stole more than $25,000 from Tyson Foods over a four-year period. Officers were alerted to the theft on Nov. 26 when auditors with Tyson Foods, located at 403 S. Custer Avenue in New Holland,  discovered the discrepancies in payroll.

Debra Rottmund, 58, of Lancaster, later confessed to police that she stole the money while  employed as a payroll clerk from December 2008 to November 2012.

Rottmund issued checks to herself for vacation hours that she wasn’t entitled to then deposited the checks into her personal bank account, police said.

The total amount Rottmund stole was $25,771. 07.

Rottmund turned herself into police on Friday and was released on $25,000 bail.

She is charged with theft by unlawful taking.

 

 

2 comments

  • Suzanne Mongeau

    It took the auditors that long to notice the discrepancy? Wow, they need new auditors! Being a big business like that they should be audited every year! Wonder how many times the place is inspected from the FDA?

    • Accounting student

      As a publicly traded company, they are audited every year to comply with SEC reporting standards. The fact that the auditing firm PwC identified the fraud would indicate that no, they do not need new auditors, especially since the amount of fraud was so small. Defalcation of ~$6,500/year is immaterial considering Tyson had annual revenue of ~$30,000,000,000.

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