Lufkin manager allegedly steals $20k from hotel

Cheri Winkler mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Cheri Winkler mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A hotel manager is arrested and charged with theft after she allegedly stole more than $20,000 from her employer.

Hotel management at the Quality Inn and Suites, in Lufkin, launched an internal investigation after it was discovered that several accounts had not been paid and thousands of dollars was missing.

Lufkin Police said the investigation involved the suspect identified as Cheri Lynn Winkler, of Warren, who was a hotel manager at the time.

In June 2011, the suspect allegedly posted charges to credit cards that were later charged back to the company.

Investigators were informed that a hotel general manager contacted a company whose account was in question, to verify payment; the general manager was told by the company that their bill had been paid.

The general manager also provided police with a copy of a bank deposit that showed a check for an account that had been paid, but the check was never posted to the company's account.

Investigators said more than $20,000 was unaccounted for.

There were copies of room statements that show charges to one credit card, which was later reversed and charged to a different credit card on the same day.

Investigators said Winkler took responsibility for the loss but she would not admit to taking the money.

Winkler was arrested Thursday, and charged with theft, a third degree felony. She was booked into the Angelina Count Jail, and released on a $5,000 bail bond.

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