Accountant charged in embezzlement

Accountant charged in embezzlement

There are 784 comments on the WTSP Tampa Bay story from Apr 1, 2008, titled Accountant charged in embezzlement. In it, WTSP Tampa Bay reports that:

An internal audit caught up with an accountant for Breton USA today. The Sarasota County sheriff's office says Annique V. LeSage embezzled more than $400,000 since last October.

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“Do not question obozo!!!!!!!!!”

Since: Jun 08

Miami

#667 Nov 28, 2008
gharibbean wrote:
a bit late to the rodeo, i know. seriously, i've been watching this for a short while and i have finally reached the breaking point. you people REALLY need to get lives. i've been annique's friend for many years and although i fully believe her, i'll let you in on something... whether she is or isn't guilty, i could care less. say what you will... question my morality all you want but hear this; it's not my job (or yours) to judge anyone, let alone a beloved friend. true friendship is unconditional... a concept i believe many of you have forgotten or are oblivious to. when your friend screws up, do you stop being there friend? hopefully not, otherwise, you're an asshole. period. as for people who don't know her, who are you to judge? i understand these forums are public, but i'm certain each and every one of you has screwed up BIG in your lives... now imagine how you'd feel if your private mistake was a public forum. get on with your lives people, for real. my thoughts are with her, her family, joe and mr. jammin'. bottom line, you're allowed to disapprove... it's your right, but if you must judge (which again, isn't your job,) use facts, not opinions or vindictive comments you read on the internet. make damn sure your information is dependable.
$400,000 is a big screwup. Premeditated and carefully executed over and over again. If its true then judgement will be passed and rightfully so. If she is a thief then she deserves to be humiliated and ridiculed, hopefully in the town square. So we'll wait and see what happens. Little newsflash for you. NICE PEOPLE DON'T STEAL!!!!! SCUMBAGS DO!!!!!!!!!!
SD-NJ

Drexel Hill, PA

#668 Dec 4, 2008
I've known Annique since she was in her early teens and played mentor to her for a few years before she grew her own wings. While she and I didn't always get along or share a common set of values, in more recent years, I grew to like her as fellow adults and parent. Her life has not been an easy one and I would imagine, as it is easy for me to do knowing her as I have, that her life to this point has got to have been very tiring considering a lifetime of trials.
Now I know nothing beyond the April arrest information and would like to know more. I asked my wife (two nights ago ironically) if she knows anything new and she didn't. My wife and Annique grew up together and for two decades or so have been close friends. I don't much care for the silly ranting back and forth that I’m seeing here, so if anyone has a meaningful update to provide, I would personally appreciate it, as Annique is a long-time friend/close associate of mine and a very dear friend to my wife as well as to several of my existing friends. She has a lovely little boy who has played very nicely on a few occasions with my son (they’re the same age) and when I think of that relationship suffering through this, I sort of stop caring too much about the legal matters and begin to care more about Annique being reunited with her son.
Any information would be appreciated.
SD
Joe Fryday

Tampa, FL

#669 Dec 4, 2008
SD-NJ wrote:
I've known Annique since she was in her early teens and played mentor to her for a few years before she grew her own wings. While she and I didn't always get along or share a common set of values, in more recent years, I grew to like her as fellow adults and parent. Her life has not been an easy one and I would imagine, as it is easy for me to do knowing her as I have, that her life to this point has got to have been very tiring considering a lifetime of trials.
Now I know nothing beyond the April arrest information and would like to know more. I asked my wife (two nights ago ironically) if she knows anything new and she didn't. My wife and Annique grew up together and for two decades or so have been close friends. I don't much care for the silly ranting back and forth that I’m seeing here, so if anyone has a meaningful update to provide, I would personally appreciate it, as Annique is a long-time friend/close associate of mine and a very dear friend to my wife as well as to several of my existing friends. She has a lovely little boy who has played very nicely on a few occasions with my son (they’re the same age) and when I think of that relationship suffering through this, I sort of stop caring too much about the legal matters and begin to care more about Annique being reunited with her son.
Any information would be appreciated.
SD
The last I heard anything concrete she was sitting in jail for the want of $15,000 as the 10% of the $150,000 bail requirement. The bail was set high due to the severity of the alleged crime and it was further alleged she was thought to be a flight risk.

A number of folks have come on this string with essentially the same conversation as you and have been challenged to help with the money and/or visiting her in the jail. So I offer those thoughts to you too.

The reason people banter on here is so many folks at the company appear to have been hurt due to the size of the alleged missing money.

Maybe another of her good friends(or foes) has more current info.
Joe Fryday

Tampa, FL

#670 Dec 6, 2008
SD-NJ wrote:
I've known Annique since she was in her early teens and played mentor to her for a few years before she grew her own wings. While she and I didn't always get along or share a common set of values, in more recent years, I grew to like her as fellow adults and parent. Her life has not been an easy one and I would imagine, as it is easy for me to do knowing her as I have, that her life to this point has got to have been very tiring considering a lifetime of trials.
Now I know nothing beyond the April arrest information and would like to know more. I asked my wife (two nights ago ironically) if she knows anything new and she didn't. My wife and Annique grew up together and for two decades or so have been close friends. I don't much care for the silly ranting back and forth that I’m seeing here, so if anyone has a meaningful update to provide, I would personally appreciate it, as Annique is a long-time friend/close associate of mine and a very dear friend to my wife as well as to several of my existing friends. She has a lovely little boy who has played very nicely on a few occasions with my son (they’re the same age) and when I think of that relationship suffering through this, I sort of stop caring too much about the legal matters and begin to care more about Annique being reunited with her son.
Any information would be appreciated.
SD
Well ??
SD-NJ

Drexel Hill, PA

#671 Dec 8, 2008
Suffice to say, Annique and I, as I alluded to above, were never going to become - to quote the prophet, Paris Hilton - "BFFs." That said, I would be just plain dumb of me to share aloud my relationship to and with Annique. I do not say that with any arrogance or presumption, mind you. So please don’t think I am being snarky. I am just replying to your question that I provide information about the person, Annique LeSage. Now the disclaimers out of the way, I will add some vague details of my relationship with Annique.

Our dealings together – exclusively platonic, personal relationship dealings – were hot and cold regularly. Since this discussion board, to this point, is largely devoted to talking poorly of her, I will only speak in generalities out of respect for her privacy.

On many occasions, she and I did not agree on socio-cultural fundamentals. I know that is a vague statement, but as it is unrehearsed, it is what I am willing to say in terms of real details. Sometimes we did agree mind you, just not too often. More recently, I have grown to respect her a great deal more than in the past. Her efforts to right her otherwise truculent marriage and invest her efforts to be a great mother to her little boy were all apparent to me in the near past and I admire her greatly for trying so hard to correct difficult situations. That is really what I would hope people would take away from this discussion board. That she has tried against remarkable odds, to create something for herself and her son, Ben. The obstacles have been great in her life – and she’s quite young – and I find I am hard-pressed to find people who have seen what she has seen come out on the other side squeaky clean.

My wife and she have spent some time together in Disney recently and they have also put our sons together to play and they played wonderfully together. Annique seemed mature and self-actualized in my recent time with her and by comparison to the disagreements she and I often had some years ago, I found her to be a breath of fresh air and a treat to talk with.

Of her current situation: she is innocent until proven otherwise and I subscribe to that to the extent that I will only say that we had our differences fairly regularly some years ago. Because we spent the better half of a decade sharing a common batch of friends during the majority of the 90’s, we had frequent occasion to hear what the other thought and often, we were on opposing sides of an argument. Yes our recent dealings with one another have been sparse at best, but this is what I know of Annique. I hope her son is doing well.
Joe Fryday

Tampa, FL

#672 Dec 11, 2008
Everyone on here that claims to know her speaks circumspectly and in ways that make me wonder what organization and/or grouping brought all these folks together. Can you shed some light, being more specific. In some ways you come across as slightly above the fray. If you are a professional "mentor" I can understand confidentiality, otherwise, what gives ??
Callin ya out

Saint Petersburg, FL

#678 Dec 12, 2008
RJM wrote:
Never claimed to be her friend. So, no - I don't plan on feeling ashamed.
<quoted text>
Isn't this Jody Maguire who was fired from a church for googling porn sites? In addition to being removed from Demolay because of suspicious behavior towards young boys? And you're judging? Hope you prayed for forgiveness on that.
Callin ya out

Saint Petersburg, FL

#679 Dec 12, 2008
NYC wrote:
<quoted text>
Well said Tony T. The NYC is true but it was no where near this magnitude. It is so far buried underground it will NEVER surface. Only a handful of people knew about it. The company felt it was in their best interest not to pursue and rumors were that she had to make restitution. It was only a matter of time until it happened again ...
My symphaties to Breton... and don't count on her doing any hard time...
And which company was this? ALFY, the defunct dot com which was always in the red? Or Smith & Wollensky who's Controller still lunches with her whenever she is up North visiting family? Those are the only two she worked for, so which did she steal from?
Callin ya out

Saint Petersburg, FL

#681 Dec 12, 2008
RJM wrote:
I have known her for a long time, and I can honestly say that I'm not the least bit surprised. I didn't like her before, during or certainly after her last marriage. She has put a lot of people through a lot of unnecessary heartache.
Classy, Annique... really classy. Hope Bubba treats you right.
You didn't know her at all. You were "friends" with her husband. Though, even though you didn't like her, you and your wife were still on her myspace page, wishing her luck, asking to get together? Oh, and I was there when you were IMing her saying that Don has serious issues and she made the right decision to leave him, telling her she was a good person. Oh and Jody, button up your shirt in those myspace pictures, no one wants to see your ugly chest.

TB
Bitter aka LMAO

Saint Petersburg, FL

#682 Dec 12, 2008
LMAO wrote:
Nobody said her sex life had anything to do with this case...I just don't have any respect for people who pass sex partners back and forth between friends...or anybody really.
My comment about her fiance has nothing to do with what she wants...it was about her fiance. And if he has any sense at all he'll be runnin like hell!!!
As far as her myspace goes...Annique put it out there. I am no longer on her friends list...which was MY CHOICE b/c she's a dumb b*tch...so anybody can access it. Annique and all of her followers need to understand that the internet is PUBLIC!!! If you don't want people to know something about you then the last place you want to put it is on the internet. GET OVER IT!
Annique has NEVER passed sex partners back and forth, and if she did, you're just angry that you weren't one of them.
We who know her, know that she either wanted to be alone or have monogomy. Nothing in between. She never compromised and had no problem telling guys to hit the road. In her words, "It takes an extraordinary man to be better than no man at all!" If more girls lived by that, there'd be a lot less stupid girls, fooled by retarded guys like you!
Clarification

Saint Petersburg, FL

#683 Dec 12, 2008
IMO wrote:
<quoted text>
True she did not kill a person but she came very close to KILLING a family owned business and she did kill their spirit and trust. As one poster put it they are "destroyed" Fry no - jail yes and lots of it. This is not just a mistake - it's an on purpose. We don't need to know her life story. Those are just interesting side issues and aside form the fact that it shows her moral character they don't really matter. The only part of this story that matters is the theft of almost a half MILLION dollars that could have and still might break a company. For that she most likely will NOT get what she deserves.
Just to state the facts, the parent company is not a family, Mom & Pop company. It is a fortune 500 company in Italy with more that a thousand employees. As their bank accounts show, whenever Breton USA was in a little trouble, SPA would wire in $500k. Does that seem a little suspicious to you?
Still her friend

Saint Petersburg, FL

#685 Dec 12, 2008
ABC wrote:
I knew Annique for almost a year. We were good friends until she screwed me and my entire family. All I am going to say is what goes around comes around. She deserves everything that is happening to her right now.
As someone who has known Annique for most of her life, she has never screwed anyone over. She has no problem cutting people out of her life who do not treat her properly. I've known her to be someone who fights fiercely for the people she loves, is quick to make rational decisions, warm, when you meet her, you can guarantee the smile (huge smile) is genuine, she's very accepting of others and I've never known her to judge anyone. I've always known her to be very srong, not the typt to cry on anyone's shoulder. She's always worried that she's talking too much and is eager to focus the attention on her friends. If you cross her though, she knows how to be an honest to God bitch. And that is a lot of fun to watch because most of the time, people deserve it. If she's wrong she's accountable and is quick to apologize. If she did this, truly, and the evidence is stacked against her, she wouldn't fight. She is fighting and I hope she wins. But if she doesn't I love her forever.
Calling who out

Fremont, CA

#687 Dec 12, 2008
Callin ya out wrote:
<quoted text>
Isn't this Jody Maguire who was fired from a church for googling porn sites? In addition to being removed from Demolay because of suspicious behavior towards young boys? And you're judging? Hope you prayed for forgiveness on that.
Just so you know,(1) the person who made those allegations admitted that he lied, and there has not been anything else to suggest untoward behavior.(2) There were no Google searches on the church computer. Spyware had been added to the computer through use by another person, the pastor has since been transferred out. So, before you try and discredit other people, please make sure that you have your own facts straight. You don't sound any more believeable than the people you're trying to shed unfavorable light on.
Lori

Milwaukee, WI

#688 Dec 12, 2008
Annique.
Although you have not said one bad word about me I do have issues with you lying about my husband and our very close dear friends.
First of all that dinner party at your house where John supposedly called a coworker a whore never happened because I was there that night. I have never heard that word ever come out of my husband's mouth in the eight years we have been together. Just because you had it recorded in the umeployment hearing does not make it true.
Of course he was looking for a new job prior to his firing. I was pregnant and we had our son to worry about. Isn't family the most important thing? And I can assure you he never put you down as a reference.
And of course he was only doing four jobs a day. First of all you had him travelling from county to another. If you spend more time driving than actually doing repairs of course you are going to complete less.
All I can say is karma is a bitch. You accused my husband of embezzlement and now here you are actually being charged. My family and I are our happy. We are very blessed to have such great family and friends in our lives!! The last thing we need is you bad mouthing us and trying to prove how you are just an innocent bystander in everything. Get off your high horse and leave us all alone.
hear hear

Tampa, FL

#689 Dec 12, 2008
looks like someone finally bonded out.....
Amazed

Drexel Hill, PA

#692 Dec 12, 2008
What a remarkable trail of bile these last 1.5 pages has become. What contempt and hate spilling from some of these mouths. Just terrible. Such anger. Completely unfettered. Just ugly and unjustified. While it is true that we can all wrap our statements in the veil of justification. In the end though, they're just words intent on softening the guilt you must feel inside when you speak of someone with such a unrelenting degree of hate.

Onward...

To the person who asked for more specifics from me: my respect for Annique's privacy - while oddly a rarely displayed virtue here - precludes my adding more beyond saying that I admire Annique tremendously for rising again and again above the muck despite so often - and so sadly - swimming in a sea of it. I respect her privacy past and present and moreover, her efforts during this ordeal (see the two itemized post above) to find the good in a terribly solitary experience.

To anyone who speaks to Annique, please extend to her my warmest wishes and if she needs something that I can provide, please extend to her that SD is happy to help. Incidentally, can I get a mailing address to send her a letter? My wife and I would enjoy the chance to talk to her and I have not been able to nail down specifically where she is today. Thanks to everyone.

And to all of the angry, hurt, etc - for your benefit. For your piece of mind, lay off the hostile talk. You're not getting anything from it. You can't possibly be. This is an anonymous discussion board like any other I've seen where people, empowered by their anonymity, rant with venomous rage and with no real earning potential in site.

Give it a rest for your own well being. The rest of us will indirectly enjoy the break too I'm sure.

LONG LIVE ANNIQUE!
Wanna get her through it

Saint Petersburg, FL

#693 Dec 12, 2008
I just spoke to Annique (she can call from time to time) and in true Annique fashion, as her true friends can quote her saying often, she wants her friends to PLEASE take the higher ground. Do not respond to nonsense.
I told her about the melee going on on this site, and she wants to remind her friends that the malicious comments being made are from people who do not know her, but know her exhusband - one side of a very contentious divorce.
She apologizes to ANYONE who has had their personal information slewed across this forum, but makes no apologies for her personal life. I mentioned people were talking about ex's, her boyfriend, children and she said, "So? What other people say is not that serious." Such a simple answer. She is not letting this site bother her. Together with her attorney, she will prevail. But she does ask that her friends stop attacking others, her family trust her and her enemies be patient. Their questions will be answered. Basically, she doesn't want anyone judging others as we wouldn't want others to judge us. Anyone who knows her, truly knows her heart, can recognize Annique in that statement.
Joe Fryday

Tampa, FL

#694 Dec 12, 2008
Wanna get her through it wrote:
I just spoke to Annique (she can call from time to time) and in true Annique fashion, as her true friends can quote her saying often, she wants her friends to PLEASE take the higher ground. Do not respond to nonsense.
I told her about the melee going on on this site, and she wants to remind her friends that the malicious comments being made are from people who do not know her, but know her exhusband - one side of a very contentious divorce.
She apologizes to ANYONE who has had their personal information slewed across this forum, but makes no apologies for her personal life. I mentioned people were talking about ex's, her boyfriend, children and she said, "So? What other people say is not that serious." Such a simple answer. She is not letting this site bother her. Together with her attorney, she will prevail. But she does ask that her friends stop attacking others, her family trust her and her enemies be patient. Their questions will be answered. Basically, she doesn't want anyone judging others as we wouldn't want others to judge us. Anyone who knows her, truly knows her heart, can recognize Annique in that statement.
Why have all her friends not helped her to bond out ?
Drop it

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

#695 Dec 12, 2008
This subject is old...drop it and let the courts figure it out.
Amazed

Drexel Hill, PA

#696 Dec 12, 2008
Wanna get her through it wrote:
I just spoke to Annique...
Can you get a message to her for SD? If so, send her and my wife' M's love. We hope nothing but good things for her and please extend to her our wishes for a nice holiday season. Sincerely.

SD

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