Palace Sports & Entertainment is suing a former employee, claiming she used a company credit card to make $1.8 million in unauthorized personal charges.
Amy McDonald, a former accounting manager, was authorized to use the card for business purposes, including paying accounts. The company runs The Palace of Auburn Hills arena, where McDonald worked.
The company’s lawsuit claims McDonald made unauthorized personal charges from 2005 to May 2008. McDonald’s husband, Erik McDonald, and a company he operated are named as co-defendants. The pair used the company to conceal the theft, the lawsuit alleges.
An internal investigation by The Palace uncovered the theft. Palace Sports confronted McDonald in June—she repeatedly denied making unauthorized charges on the card—and then fired her. Criminal charges will likely follow.
By early July, the couple was still on the lam. Police said they may have fled to Toledo, Ohio.
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