COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Dallas man was convicted last week of helping his girlfriend steal from her employer.
Robert Gustavus Whaley, 44, was found guilty of two counts of violating Georgia's RICO Act.
Prosecutors said Whaley and Sharron Rice, "his girlfriend, lover and, at times, fiancée," took more than $800,000 from Cobb County-based D.E.L. Development Corporation, which manages apartment communities.
Rice worked as a bookkeeper for D.E.L. Development. Investigators said she used her position to cut company checks to a nonexistent vendor. The money was deposited into a bank account opened by Whaley, who then forwarded the funds to another joint account owned by the defendants. He used some of the stolen money to pay his personal expenses, according to prosecutors.