|By Willoughby Mariano, The Orlando
Sentinel, Fla.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Aug. 14, 2009--A former hotel general manager was arrested today after police said he stole $640,000 from a Daytona Beach Shores Days Inn.
Patrick Holley, 41, of New Smyrna Beach,took the money from his longtime employer over the course of at least three years, police said. He was general manager of the family-owned hotel for 15 years.
The hotel's Buffalo, N.Y. owners conducted a forensic audit after employees noticed discrepancies in the hotel's accounting.
Investigators think that Holley took the money in several ways. They included cashing employee paychecks for them, then depositing the checks in his own account, said Detective Sergeant Michael Fowler. He also took hotel room payments on a credit card machine, made it appear as if no one stayed in the room, then credited the funds to his own debit card, he said.
When a detective tried to contact Holley, he told them his house was in foreclosure and he was living at his in-law's.
Holley faces felony counts of Grand Theft over $100,000.00 and theft by an employee. He is being booked into Volusia County Jail.
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