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12-248 Benefits Staffer Charged With Grand Theft

Who:  Arrested and Charged

Meghan Anne Zewen

DOB: 7/23/75

Address:  6518 3rd Avenue South – St. Petersburg

Charged with:    Grand Theft of more than $10,000

Employer:     Paramedics Plus as Sunstar


What:   The Pinellas Sheriff’s Economic Crimes detectives charged Meghan Zewen on October 23rd with Grand Theft based on evidence that she redirected approximately $52,000 of her employer’s money to her own use. She surrendered at the Pinellas County Jail on October 23, 2012, and was ROR’d.

When:  Detectives say the accounting irregularities were discovered in a recent audit and brought to the attention of Sheriff’s Office detectives who initiated an investigation.

Where: Zewen surrendered at the Pinellas County Jail, and was taken into custody without incident.

Why/How:  Detectives say Zewen was hired as the Human Resources Benefits Coordinator for Paramedics Plus (Sunstar) in May 2009. In the capacity of her job she had access to company payroll records, and health insurance plan records for Paramedics Plus (Sunstar) employees. Detectives say she diverted funds by manipulating payroll deductions, creating a health plan fund for a non-existent employee, requesting overages in insurance plan funds – then keeping the excess funds for herself.

Detectives say Ms. Zewen was cooperative when confronted with the investigative evidence and admitted to the offense. She advised that the money was not recoverable as she used it to pay bills, shore up financial problems, and reportedly for a substance abuse problem.

The investigation continues.

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