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Brevard cemetery employee charged with fraud, identity theft

Services counselor accused of forging contracts

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MELBOURNE, Fla. – A Melbourne resident was charged Wednesday with scheming to defraud, 76 counts of uttering a forged instrument and eight counts of criminal use of personal identification by profiting from false burial contracts.

Karla Amos, a 47-year-old family services counselor for a Brevard cemetery, was apprehended by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and the Economic Crimes Task Force following a year-long investigation, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

The cemetery discovered fraudulent burial contracts copied from previously sold products and forged contracts using names from information packets. The fraudulent contracts were turned in to the company for commissions approaching $28,000 between March of 2015 and May of 2016.

Although some customers had their identity undermined, none lost money in the fraudulent transactions, according to a release from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

Amos was released on $68,000 bond.