I tagged this article today. The Adirondacks is really a small-town, more so within the hospitality/tourism niche. This one is a little too close for comfort.
The Days Inn – Plattsburgh. I worked there as DOS prior to this gig and have worked with and known Elaine for almost 10 years. She’s been both coworker and employee. The news is correct in describing her as basically growing up in the hotel business. She would be the archetype for someone who aspires to working their way up from the bottom.
There is no excuse for what she is accused of doing. I’m also not surprised with the circumstances that probably lead up to this. More let down than anything else.
Here’s my two cents: If you don’t have accounting control systems in place for an operation like a hotel, then a vulnerability exists. Review your methods now. Personally, I hate to work in an environment where checks and balances are not in place. This crime of opportunity should have been avoided or caught much earlier. Hotel operations and accounting are not new concepts, in fact they are pretty standardized and now even computerized.
Update: Trouble mounts for embezzler