Ex-accountant accused of stealing nearly $25,000 from west Houston company

March 1, 2012 8:26:43 AM PST
A former accountant is accused of stealing nearly $25,000 from a west Houston company.

According to court documents, the business owner says his former accountant, Christian Schirnhofer, changed routing and bank account information on six of his customers' accounts to an account in Schirnhofer's name. The owner says this was discovered after Schirnhofer was fired and an audit was performed.

During the audit, the company discovered Schirnhofer, who had unrestricted access to the company's bank account, paid his personal American Express credit card bill with company money and that their customers did not receive their checks because the money was routed to Shirnhofer's own bank account.

The company says it found a total of 11 unauthorized electronic checks for a total of $24,211.

Schirnhofer, 44, is charged with aggregate theft.

Bond has been set at $5,000 in this case.