A self-storage facility manager has been charged with embezzling $16,199 from American Self Storage in Moore, Okla. Tina Sue O’Kelly, 46, allegedly negotiated rental agreements that required tenants to pay in cash.
“The defendant would tell the customer they would get an extra month of free rent if they paid in cash or the lease rates would not go up if they paid in cash,” according to an affidavit.
O’Kelly is believed to have taken cash from the facility at 1701 Tower Drive between September 2012 and January 2013, the affidavit said.
Self-storage facilities that accept a lot of cash payments can sometimes be the target of unscrupulous employees. In January, a former facility manager and two ex-employees in Pennsylvania were accused of stealing more than $44,000 in cash rental payments and other fees.
In another case last year, a former property manager in Virginia was charged with embezzling $34,000 from her self-storage facility by pocketing cash payments over a three-year period. In that case, the investigation was prompted by an internal audit, where auditors discovered the facility had several tenants without written leases.