$100,000 Plus Theft at Local Business


PANAMA CITY, FL- A woman is in the Bay County jail after allegedly stealing more than $100,000 dollars from her employer and funneling it through her dead brother's bank account.

37 year old Wendy Corbitt is facing charges of grand theft, and unlawful use of a deceased's identity. The arrest and charges stem from allegations that she was stealing money from First Service Corporation and funneling it to herself for the last six years.

Police say they got information from employees at First Service Corporation that Corbitt was allegedly taking money from accounts their company handles.

Panama City Police Detective Tammy Lanier said, "We received a phone call, an employee was doing some research and came across some discrepancies. She started looking into it more and once they found out it was a problem they actually called us."

Police say they have evidence that Corbitt was using an account under her dead brother's name to deposit the stolen funds, and then write checks to herself.

"We went, we made contact with the personnel at the First Service Corporation where the employee worked, Ms. Corbitt. We obtained paperwork and information from them about a number of checks that had been written," Lanier added.

Police first received the information on Friday March 16th, and Monday March 19th police say Corbitt confessed to taking the money. Corbitt is the vice president of human resources for First Service Corporation. The company, which is housed in the in Doral Bank building on 23rd street, handles retirement accounts.

Detective Lanier says she does not believe anyone else was involved, but their investigation is on-going.


A local woman is under arrest for stealing money from the business where she worked.

Panama City Police say 37 year old Wendy Corbitt is accused of using a deceased person's information to gain access to an account. She is charged with one count of grand theft in excess of one-hundred-thousand dollars, and one count of unlawful use of deceased identity information.

The investigation started when employees at First Service Corporation on West 23rd Street noticed money missing from an account at their bank.

Corbitt is the Vice President of Human Resources at First Service, and had access to the account.

Police say the funds were routed through the deceased person's account, then to Corbitt, over a six year period.

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