When Ruth Amen gave her boss a surprise party, she didn't realize his biggest gift would be the paper trail that ultimately led to her being arrested for embezzlement.
Amen, 46, who worked at Gulf To Bay Realty, organized the party for one of the owners of the Boca Grande, Fla., business, without getting permission to use company cash to pay for the event.
That inspired those bosses to take a closer look at the books she had handled for them as office manager for 10 years. As a result, they discovered she had allegedly stolen nearly $182,000 from them, the New York Daily News reports.
Investigators accused Amen of using nearly $92,000 in company finances to pay her personal credit card debt. She also issued herself $65,000 worth of "extra" paychecks and didn't deduct the cost of insurance from her paychecks, DigTriad.com reports.
The alleged fraud began in January 2006, and ended in mid-2012, the Boca Beacon reports.
Amen is facing felony embezzlement charges and was released from the Lee County Correctional Facility after paying $150,000 bail, the paper said.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled "deduct" as "duduct."