An Oak Creek woman was appeared Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court on a charge of theft in a business setting, after a Sturtevant company said she used corporate credit cards for personal use, running up charges of more than $38,000.
An attorney for Titan, Inc., told the Racine County Sheriff’s Department that Adrian Barrera was hired as an accountant for the company, located at 9900 Durand Ave. She worked there from April 2011 until October 2014, reporting to the company’s chief financial officer.
Among her duties was reconciling all charges on corporate credit cards and managing the cards issued to Titan.
About nine months after she resigned, Titan personnel discovered questionable activity on its mobile telephone bill, and discovered a single device had used more than 80 gigabytes of data. The purchase was made with a Titan credit card, and signed for by Barrera, according to the criminal complaint.
After learning of the purchase of the iPad and the data usage on the account, Titan reviewed credit card activity, and discovered “myriad” personal expenses paid for with company cards issued to Barrera, including fuel, food, travel, cellular bills, clothing, liquor, an electric bill, furniture, legal fees and others. Among the charges were round trip airfare for Barrera and her children to travel to Miami.
Barrera is due in court Aug. 17 for a preliminary hearing. She remains out of custody on a $10,000 signature bond.