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District Attorney's Office investigating 3 former Grimmway Farms employees for embezzlement

Posted at 12:45 PM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 02:27:52-04

The District Attorney's office is investigating three former Grimmway Farms employees for allegations of embezzlement. 

Investigators are looking into the bank accounts of multiple employees. 

According to court documents, the investigation started as an employee grievance over complaints from subordinates over one of the employees' management style. Documents say the employee is believed to have hired her own son without company approval, then put him on the “night shift.”

His supervisor said she never saw him work. His mother gave him a “rave review” when staffing company, Aerotek, asked for an evaluation.

In a statement, the supervisor believed he was getting preferential treatment by his mother. 

Court documents also reveal she added her granddaughter on her insurance with Grimmway, which according to officials is not allowed. 

Documents say she also allegedly paid for a motel in Arvin with a company credit card. The motel was allegedly for her son and totaled more than $2,500. 

Investigators also say she showed “discrepancies with some of the employees’ pay.”  According to court documents, some employees appeared they were being paid more than they should be.

Investigators say another person was believed to be involved because she worked directly under her.

According to officials, a private investigator found evidence of forged timesheets.

No charges have been filed.