NR 17-30 Local Cemetery Sales Associate Arrested For Fraud Related Crimes
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Economic Crimes Task Force has arrested 47-year-old, Karla Patterson Amos of Melbourne, Florida, for fraudulent activities revolving around her employment as a Family Services Counselor for a local cemetery. Amos was arrested on May 31, 2017, after a warrant was issued charging her with Scheming to Defraud, 76 counts of uttering a Forged Instrument, and eight counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification. Amos was transported to the Brevard County Jail Complex where she was released after posting a $68,000 Bond.
The investigation was commenced in May of 2016, after a local cemetery discovered that Amos was writing fraudulent burial contracts in order to obtain commission and bonuses. Amos would take contracts that were already sold or informational packets with the customer’s information and draw up fraudulent contracts. These contracts would be presented to the company who then paid Amos commission for the sales. The contracts would later be cancelled for non-payment, however, Amos would have already collected the commission. Amos would also use personal identifiers from several sources to draw up fraudulent contracts. It was determined that Amos conducted this activity between March 2015 to March 2016 and obtained nearly $28,000 in fraudulent commission and bonuses.
In a few cases, payments were diverted from legal to fraudulent contracts, however, those payments have now been correctly applied and no potential burial purchasers suffered a monetary loss. There are victims who had their personal information compromised by the activity of Amos, which resulted in the Identity Theft charges.
Anyone with information in reference to this investigation is asked to please call Agent Harry Bermudez of the Economic Crimes Task Force at 321-633-8410.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, Titusville Police Department, Melbourne Police Department, Cocoa Police Department and a dedicated attorney from the State Attorney’s Office.
For additional information concerning this News Release, please call PIO Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office at 321-501-7594.