ITHACA, N.Y. — A Lansing woman has been charged with two felonies after police say she embezzled thousands of dollars from the rental company she worked at and falsified business records.

Kerri E. Rhodes, 25, of Lansing, has been charged with third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records. In a news release Wednesday, the Ithaca Police Department said the charges stem from a “lengthy investigation that identified numerous incidents of theft” that occurred in 2017 until January 2018 at her place of employment, CSP Management, which is a large rental company in Ithaca.

While employed at CSP Management, according to court records filed in Ithaca City Court, Rhodes allegedly embezzled about $3,140.

Rhodes began working at CSP Management as a receptionist in 2016 but moved up to tenant collections in May 2017, records state. In early 2018, management identified some discrepancies in the ledgers of a few tenants who paid cash and appeared to have missing payments. After an audit, an employee found that 21 tenants who paid in cash between July 2017 and January 2018 had “missing rent payments and several altered records in their ledgers.”

In a sworn statement, one tenant recounts making cash payments each month while renting from CSP in 2017 only to be told in February 2018 that an audit showed he owed rent for August, October and November. “I know this to not be true because I had made my rent payments in cash to Kerri (Rhodes),” he testified in the statement.

Rhodes was released on her own recognizance and the case has been transferred to county court for possible grand jury action.

Kelsey O'Connor

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