A Ripley man was arrested earlier this week and charged with embezzling nearly $9,000 from his employer, Carter Lumber.


A Ripley man was arrested earlier this week and charged with embezzling nearly $9,000 from his employer, Carter Lumber.

Elias David Zamlich, 29, faces one felony count of embezzlement in connection to the alleged scheme.

According to the complaint filed by Ripley Police Sergeant Clyde Kenny, on Monday, March 29, he spoke with Carter Lumber manager Dave Johnson who told him that Zamlich had been embezzling money from the store by delivering materials to contractors and having them either pay in cash or make their checks out to “Cash.” 

Johnson claimed Zamlich would then cash the checks and keep the money for himself. He told Kenny that several contractors had approached him and filed claims disputing their outstanding balances with Carter Lumber.

Johnson also claimed that Zamlich had created fake customer accounts for the purchase of goods and would then take the materials supposedly purchased by the fake accounts and sell them for his own profit.

Johnson reported that the total amount allegedly embezzled was $8,932.90.

Based on the information gathered at the store, Kenny obtained a warrant for Zamlich’s arrest on the embezzlement count.

Zamlich was arrested and arraigned in Magistrate Court. He was released on $2,000 bond.