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Belton Embezzlement Scheme Busted

Laura Castillo Laura Castillo
Jeremy Mendoza Jeremy Mendoza
Carlos Reyna Jr. Carlos Reyna Jr.
Michael Thomas Trevino Michael Thomas Trevino

By: Chris Cheng

BELTON – Four people were arrested in Bell County after they were caught allegedly stealing money from a construction company.

Laura Marissa Castillo along with three men are accused of engaging in organized criminal activity in Belton for allegedly stealing $184, 886.43.

According to an arrest affidavit, Castillo wrote several unauthorized checks to Carlos Reyna Jr., Jeremy Mendoza Montalbo, and Michael Tomas Trevino.

Castillo was in charge of payroll at Wolff Construction when she wrote numerous paychecks to her husband, brother-in-law, and cousin over the course of two years.

Wolff Construction's owner, Brian Wolff, said he noticed several discrepancies in the company's paper work and hired an accountant to investigate.

An audit found that Castillo had been writing unauthorized checks from April 2010 to March of this year.

It also showed that she had been modifying the Quickbook accounting program to try and hide the thefts.

Wolff confronted Castillo about the incident and she admitted to stealing from the company.

The company fired her and Belton Police took over the case.

All three men admitted, in written statements, that they never worked for the company and that they cashed the checks for Castillo.

Reyna Jr. reportedly received $91, 893.64, Montalbo received $71, 441.64, and Trevino received $21,551.15 in unauthorized checks.