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Karen Thompson, the former payroll clerk McCluskey claims was at the heart of the scheme, is represented by defense lawyer Herb Haas. He has filed an answer denying the auto dealership's allegations against his client. Haas contends the case should be dismissed. In its complaint, McCluskey Chevrolet contends false information was entered into its payroll system:
"To cover up her fraud, Thompson generated fraudulent spreadsheets for review by McCluskey executives, concealing the fraudulent paychecks and inducing McCluskey executives to authorize the concealed payments. Thompson also destroyed documents and hand-delivered the fraudulently issued paychecks to her Co-Conspirators in order to conceal her fraud. In September 2011, McCluskey discovered Thomspon's conduct, and on September 9, 2011, Thompson was terminated from employment. On September 16, 2011, McCluskey representatives confronted Ms. Thompson about the improper payments. Thompson admitted she stole the money . . . When asked to return the money, Thompson claimed she no longer had the money. In conjunction with this complaint, McCluskey is applying for attachment of Ms. Thompson's property, comprised of real estate, vehicles, bank accounts, and other personal property."
McCluskey Chevrolet Inc. is represented by attorneys Eric S. Clark and Heather M. Muzumdar of Thompson Hine LLP. They are seeking a jury trial. The case is McCluskey Chevrolet Inc. vs. Karen Thomspon, No.A 1107956, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. It has been assigned to Judge Ted Winkler. The next action scheduled is a March report on the status of the litigation.