Husband of Swisher tax manager accused of embezzlement arrested

Richard and Gretchen Camp charged with money laundering, fraud

By Destiny McKeiver - Multi-media journalist

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The husband of a Swisher International tax manager accused of embezzling $4 million earlier this month has been arrested and charged with having a role in the scheme, the State Attorney's Office said Friday.

Gretchen Camp, 36, was arrested Dec. 3 on a felony charge of grand theft. Her husband, Richard Camp, 35, was arrested Dec. 13 on charges of organized fraud and money laundering.

According to prosecutors, the couple schemed to take millions from the Jacksonville-based tobacco company.

In late 2017, Gretchen Camp began creating bogus invoices for a company that did not supply services to Swisher International, according to her arrest report. She had been with the company for nearly a decade when she was arrested. A witness told News4Jax she was led from the company building in handcuffs.

Investigators said the fake invoices were paid to a company called Lodge and Anchor, located in Macon, Georgia. The report said the company is owned by a friend of Camp's husband.

It's estimated that $4 million was paid to Lodge and Anchor over the past year, according to the report.

The arrest report also said Camp confessed to company executives that she created the "bogus invoices."

Investigators said it’s “abundantly clear” that Richard Camp knew his wife was stealing from Swisher and used that money to make purchases for his own benefit. 

Prosecutors said Richard Camp helped organize the scheme and used the money to buy nine vehicles since September 2017. Some of the vehicles appear to be antique collectibles, prosecutors said.

They said Richard Camp has been unemployed for some time, and Gretchen Camp was paid $80,000 a year by Swisher International.

Prosecutors said a subpoena of bank records showed large sums of money were transferred from Lodge and Anchor to a joint account owned by the Camps, and signatures on checks appear to match Richard Camp's.

Prosecutors said the couple used a $500,000 wire transfer from the account to buy a Fernandina Beach condominium.

Swisher International declined to comment when Gretchen Camp was arrested earlier this month and could not be reached Friday.

Gretchen Camp bonded out of jail last week, and Richard Camp remained behind bars Friday. No one answered the door Friday at the couple's Yulee home when News4Jax tried to seek comment.

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