Arlington woman indicted Monday on theft, forgery

MEMPHIS — An Arlington woman was indicted Monday on felony charges of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from her two employers, according to Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

Amy Speight, 44, was indicted on charges of theft of property over $60,000 and forgery over $1,000.

She is free on $50,000 bond.

Speight worked as bookkeeper, customer service and office manager for two affiliated companies, including Buy Memphis Now and Home Buyers Express. She was in charges of receiving and distributing funds for the businesses.

Investigators said Speight generated dozens of unauthorized checks between January 2013 and December 2014 that were made payable to her as “bonuses” or “payroll” from the businesses accounts.

She was terminated in January of 2015.

The case is being handled by Byron Winsett, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Public Corruption & Economic Crime Unit (PCEC) which prosecutes fraud and theft from governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses, and money laundering cases.

The unit is part of the Memphis and Shelby County White Collar Crime Task Force that includes law enforcement officers from the Memphis Police Department Economic Crime Unit and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

The PCEC also operates the DA’s Hot Check Program that helps local merchants and citizens recover funds from worthless-check writers.