Royal admitting stealing the money from an elderly client identified only as C.K.
She provided accounting services to the female client and was the firm’s accounting manager and bill-pay supervisor which gave her access to the client’s Social Security Number and the credential’s for that the client’s investment accounts and bank accounts. Royal had once told a co-worker C.K. like a grandmother to her.
From about June 1, 2010 through May 17, 2021, Royal stole C.K’s annuity payments, wrote more than 200 check on her bank accounts forged C.K.’s name on checks and withdrew money from the client’s bank accounts. She utilized electronic bill payment and PayPay to steal money, along with passing herself off as C.K. in telephone conversations with financial institutions/ Royal tried to hide the theft through entries she made in C.K.’s financial records and used C.K's. SSN to open a secret bank account to disguises her involvement in the crimes.
Royal was fired by the firm after they learned that checks drawn on C.K.’s accounts had ended up in Royal’s personal accounts.