Forty-two year-old Michele Lynne Stewart was arrested on Christmay Day and charged with over two dozen felony counts of forgery and theft, to which she pleaded not guilty.
Stewart stands accused of taking 28 fraudulent checks for a total of $240,880 from a manager of the Irvine office of First Team from September 2011 through April 2012. She is just one of nine defendants who have already been charged but are considered fugitives. They are Brian Vancleave, Robert Morken, Jennifer Vancleave, Joe Chang, Joon Kim, Rebecca Kim, Tomy Lam, Bryce Jacot and Jimmy Lam.
Brian Vancleave ran First Team‘s risk management division for that office. He has been accused of writing 228 fraudulent checks for more than $1.4 million to friends and relatives, according to court records.
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