A Franklin County, Ohio-based grand jury has returned an indictment against Aaron B. Wisenbarger, 37, for allegedly stealing $1.56 million from Safelite AutoGlass during his time as an accounts payable assistant manager with the company.
“Safelite is a value-based, ethical organization and we take this matter very seriously,” says Melina Metzger, Safelite’s public relations manager. “We are disappointed by the [alleged] actions of this employee. This behavior is unacceptable, and his employment was terminated based on his signed confession. We are thankful to our dedicated associates who through internal audits identified the problem and acted swiftly to address it.”
Wisenbarger has been indicted on one count of theft, one count of telecommunications fraud and one count of tampering with records, according to local county prosecutor Ron O’Brien.
“It is alleged that between 2006 to 2014, Wisenbarger faked invoices, had checks and many direct deposits into his personal account, and changed records to make it look like legitimate vendors were paid,” according to O’Brien. “Wisenbarger’s bank records show the money going into his account matched the fake invoices.”
In total, it is alleged that Wisenbarger took more than $1.56 million from the company.
“If found guilty on these charges, this former assistant manager faces a potential incarceration of 20 years,” says O’Brien.
According to Wisenbarger’s public LinkedIn account, he joined Safelite in 1998 and served as an accounts payable supervisor. From May 2007 to February 2015, he was an accounts payable assistant manager. Metzger confirmed he was with the company from 1998 to February 2015.
“Internal controls are continuously reviewed and changes are made as deemed necessary on a regular basis,” says Metzger.