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Man accused of stealing more than $1 million from ex-employer

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 6:52 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 8:28 AM
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A Grovetown man was arrested Monday on a racketeering charge in the theft of more than $1 million from a contractor where he worked as general manager.

Christopher J. Pizzi, 52, is suspected of stealing the money from Gearig Brothers Civil Works, said attorney Andrew Tisdale, who is representing the company in a civil case against Pizzi and the Bank of America.

“Despite the significant loss incurred as a result of Mr. Pizzi’s theft, our company remains financially strong and will continue to provide our clients, suppliers and subcontractors with the same high level of service we have always provided,” a statement from Gearig Brothers reads. The company specializes in site development for residential, commercial and government construction.

Pizzi, who was being held without bond in the Columbia County jail, was fired from Gearig Brothers last month.

According to the civil lawsuit, Pizzi is accused of using two schemes to steal from his employer. In one alleged scheme, Pizzi increased his paychecks without authorization. The other alleged method was more elaborate and involved forgery and fraudulent invoices.

According to the lawsuit, Pizzi deposited third-party checks – Gearig Brothers’ company checks made out to various companies – into his personal account at Bank of America.

Gearig Brothers is seeking compensatory damages from Pizzi and Bank of America. In addition, the company is seeking to triple damages, attorney fees and court costs against Pizzi under the state’s civil racketeering law.

Judge J. Wade Padgett, who is assigned to preside over the civil lawsuit in Columbia County Superior Court, has appointed a receiver to track and account for all assets Pizzi might have that could be seized if the company wins the suit.

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IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 12/02/13 - 10:53 pm
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INDEPENDANT AUDITS

When you are dealing with that much money are internal audits not in place? I would think you would want them done even if no one was dipping in the pot to make sure taxes, employee withholdings and various other areas meet regulations for Federal and State laws. $1,000,000.00 is a lot to steal without someone else being involved or covering up illegal actions.

wildman
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wildman 12/03/13 - 06:00 am
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Judge Padgett

Good man, the right thing will be the end result with Judge Padgett sitting on the bench.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/03/13 - 09:31 am
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One million??? that's it?

One million??? that's it? Minor leagues, baby......Go to prison for a while--Tony Soprano is disappointed in you. Even in the goodfellas movie--they give a HUGE party when you get out....

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 12/03/13 - 09:34 am
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Agreed

Judge Padgett will make things right. Good guy...

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/03/13 - 09:41 am
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LOL this guy looks EXACTLY

LOL this guy looks EXACTLY like my first boss at SRS!!!!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/03/13 - 10:11 am
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Interesting

and carefully worked Press Release.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 12/03/13 - 10:18 am
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"Man accused of stealing more

"Man accused of stealing more than $1 million from ex-employer"

When will it stop?

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 12/03/13 - 10:30 am
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I bet those tellers that

I bet those tellers that processed those deposits are puckering up about now. Checks made out to businesses are not to be deposited into a personal account - even if you are the owner of that business, those checks have to be deposited into a business account with a matching account registration. Helps to keep things like this from happening.

Wonder if he'll use the same defense as the Stratford HOA thief...

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rmwhitley 12/03/13 - 05:07 pm
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Come on-----

Unpublished

y'all have to be kidding me! democrats say fraud and theft are figments of conservative's imagination.

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