Million Dollar Embezzlement Suspect To Make Court Appearance

A secretary accused of embezzling a million dollars from her boss is scheduled to make her first court appearance on the charges against her Monday morning.

Jeanette Josey, 50, of Grantsboro, was arrested Friday in Morehead City. Three days earlier, Carteret County lawmen announced they were looking for the woman to charge her with skimming more than a million dollars from her boss over a 17-year period. Josey was a secrerary for Jimmy Gillikin's five businesses in Beaufort.

Lawmen say she used the stolen money to buy property, pay off debt and take exotic vacations.



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A woman who is accused of embezzling one million dollars from her employer is now in jail.

On Tuesday Carteret County deputies said they were searching for Jeanette Josey for the thefts. On Friday deputies say Josey was arrested at an undisclosed location. They said due to "privacy issues" they could not release that Morehead City location.

It's a case the Carteret County Sheriffs Department has been working on over the past four months. Josey, who lives in Grantsboro, has worked over the past 17 years as Jimmy Gillikin's secretary for his five businesses in Beaufort.

Authorities say Josey used the money to buy everything from property, exotic vacations and even payed off debts she had. The sheriff's department says they went through over 8,000 checks and thousands of company documents during their investigation all pointing to Josey.

Deputies say Josey was cooperative with investigators during her arrest and was transported to the Carteret County Jail. She remains in jail under a $350,000 bond and must turn over her passport.

Her first court appearance will be Monday morning.



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Law enforcement is searching for a woman in the east after they say she embezzled one million dollars over the past 17 years from her employer.

Its a case the Carteret County Sheriffs Department has been working on over the past four months. 50 year old Jeannette Josey of Grantsboro, over the past 17 years, has worked as Jimmy Gillikin's secretary for his five businesses out of Beaufort, all associated with boat repairs or seafood. Deputies say during that time she embezzled more than $1million.

Authorities say Josey used the money to buy everything from property, exotic vacations and even payed off debts she had. The sheriff's department says they went through over 8,000 checks and thousands of company documents during their investigation all pointing to Josey. Its a shock for one Grantsboro resident.

"That's betrayal and that's very bad but I pray whatever comes out of it he gets his money and she be found and be judged according to what she has done," said Yvette Simmons.

We talked to the owner Jimmy Gillikin. He said he was hurt by the situation and would not comment on the case until after it goes to court.



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It's being called one of the largest embezzlement case ever investigated by Carteret County detectives and the suspect is not yet behind bars.

Deputies say Jeannette Josey of Grantsboro stole more than a million dollars from her employer over the past seventeen years.

The 50 year old Josey worked as the office manager for five corporations owned by James Gillikin of Beaufort. Those are Gillikin Marine Railways Inc., Morgan Creek Seafood Inc., James T. Gillikin Inc., Trawler Captain Jimmy Inc., and Captain James II, Inc. all located on Old Causeway Rd on Radio Island.

Deputies say the woman embezzled money from legitimate payees in the corporation's general accounts and then converted it for her own use. They say she used corporation funds to pay off loans, debts, obtain property, pay insurance, as well as financing exotic trips and vacations.

They say corporate checks were also stamped with a made up office stamp with one of the five corporation names to make it appear the money was going where it was supposed to go.

The woman has been charged with two counts of felony embezzlement and has been entered into a national tracking system as a wanted person.


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  • by Hard Crabber Location: Eastern NC on Jun 13, 2011 at 02:14 PM
    Well, you can bet that the average hard crabber in Eastern NC does not receive any subsidy money at all. What they work for is what they get no more!!
  • by David Location: New bern on Jun 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM
    Great site Pete. I think everyone should see this site. They are the only people I know that their income isn't based on the amount of work they do... Well except for welfare recipients.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    That was a great grammer lesson!! I hope several posters learned something.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jun 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    It show's how much you people know. commercial fishermen get subsidy money from the government just like the poor farmer. http://www.EWG.org look for yourself.Maybe josey took a tip from gilligan get what you can.look out for number one.
  • by David Location: New Bern on Jun 13, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    I catch my own fish to eat and have a garden in the back yard. I am dependant on no one. I don't need you or anybody else to feed me. I don't have a problem with any one making a living. God knows there are alot of straight commercial fisherman. I am just glad they are willing to work and pay their share, but their are alot of crooked ones that abuse OUR resources as well. Don't complain about there not being any crabs if the first thing you do when they show up in your flounder net is smash them to get them out. The by catch and waste is rediculous. If the "realities of fishing for a living" is so bad then fix the problem...
  • by Healthcare Worker Location: Moorehead City on Jun 11, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    By saying you can't disclose the location of her arrest due to "privacy issues" you have done just that. Either she called police to tell them where she was or someone at this "private location" has violated the Healthcare Information Portability and Accountability Act. Unless you've been living under a rock you know what the statement "privacy issues" means. There are huge fines assocaited with HIPAA violations and strict rules Physicians must follow when speaking with law enforcement. This act was created to protect us all from release of medical information to our employers, the evening news, or even the speculation of medical treatment as posted by Anonymous.
  • by to david on Jun 10, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    So David, what do you do for a living? Maybe if you tell us we can make all kinds of stupid rediculous comments about all the money you rake in. You're just plain stupid to say that about fishermen and farmers. And you're probably saying it with your mouth full. Or maybe you'd rather buy your fish from Taiwan and you veggies from China.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2011 at 03:09 PM
    Privacy issues, how much you wanna bet she was in a drug rehab, HIPPA will not allow you to tell location. So there it is.
  • by Dave Location: morehead on Jun 10, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    Karma is a b$%$& Josey..ain't it?
  • by bobbe Location: pamlico county on Jun 10, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    He trusted her 100% which was his biggest mistake. Wouldn't bet she didn't have two sets of books, one for him and her checking account! He's not the only one that was taken. There is a for sale sign in her yard, she knew this was coming, it's been there for months. Maybe they could set up to buy the house and when she comes in for the closing, grab her stealing, thieving,lying self. We all work hard for our money, why do some think they above all others?? Whether it was in a 17 year period or a 1 year period, she STOLE. She has no morals at all. I hope she gets fried and not a slap on the wrist known as probation.
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