DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Richard Earl McWilliams of Santa Rosa Beach, has been charged with organized fraud for stealing from automated teller machines (ATMs) in Okaloosa, Bay, Walton and Franklin Counties, as well as in Houston County, Alabama.
The arrest was made by agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who began investigating McWilliams in June 2018 after owners of an ATM placement and processing company reported that their sub-contracted employee had stolen more than $100,000, according to a press release from the FDLE.
McWilliams was responsible for loading 42 ATMs with several thousand dollars in cash on a weekly or as-needed basis. He also maintained the machines, the press releases said.
The company owner became suspicious when error alerts indicated there was little to no cash in several of the ATMs that McWilliams was solely responsible for loading and maintaining.
A subsequent audit revealed that about $102,000 was missing from several of the ATMs. The investigation also uncovered multiple cash deposits in excess of $100,000 that arrived in McWilliams' bank account between January 2017 and June 2018 from unknown sources.
McWilliams was booked at the Walton County Jail. This case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office.