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Bellingham retail store assistant manager suspected of embezzling $1.4 million

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham Police issued a press release today, January 3rd, stating they recently arrested an assistant manager at a retail business after an investigation showed she embezzled over $1.4 million from the business between 2017 and 2022.

According to the press release, Bellingham Police Detectives began a criminal investigation in August 2022 after getting a report of embezzlement and theft from the manager and owner of the James Street business.

An assistant manager, identified as Amy Danielle Siniscarco, age 44 and of Sedro-Woolley, was reported to have stolen funds from the business over the course of several years. Bellingham Police identified the different ways in which Siniscarco took money from the business and manipulated the accounting system to cover up and hide the thefts.

Based on the entirety of this complex investigation, Siniscarco was found to have used forged checks, mortgage direct payments, credit card fraud, petty cash theft, and a number of other ways to steal company funds. Bellingham Police Department (January 3, 2023)

There were over 190 transactions made for a total loss of at least $1,424,696.31 from 2017 to present. There is evidence of financial loss to the business by Siniscarco as far back as 2014.

Siniscarco turned herself in on January 2nd and was booked into the Whatcom County Jail for 7 counts of 1st-degree theft, 5 counts of identity theft and 13 counts of forgery. Jail records indicate that she remained in custody as of January 3rd.

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