A 41-year-old Cape Coral woman was arrested on Tuesday after FDLE agents say she was part of a 7-figure embezzlement scheme.
Carolyn Eulena Pilgrim faces one count of scheme to defraud (over $50,000) and one count of grand theft (over $100,000), both first-degree felonies.
The investigation began in Aug. 2022, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
A company contacted FDLE regarding suspected embezzlement by Pilgrim, a former employee who has been in charge of the company’s accounting department.
Agents found she had deposited more than $3 million in checks made payable to the company into a separate account under her control, the agency said.
The investigation also found she paid herself more than $575,000 in fraudulent payroll payments, according to FDLE.
Both schemes ran from 2017 to 2022.
The investigation is ongoing.
Pilgrim was booked into the Lee County Jail on a no-bond status pending first appearance. The case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.