Couple accused of embezzling money from metal recycling company

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Two people were arrested in Grayson County Monday, accused of embezzling around $100,000 from their bosses.

The owners at 69/ 82 Metal Recyclers say they noticed a couple who worked for them were buying everything from new clothes to RV's and everything in between-- knowing they were living beyond their means.

That's where the red flags started-- and his employees began digging.

"They started three to four years back and were great employees."

Jeff Hill owns 69/82 Metal Recyclers.

They hired Rusty and Ashley Belcher, two people he knew and trusted for a while, to handle the money and other responsibilities.

"They worked their way up," Hill said.

But last year, Hill began to wonder how the Belchers could afford everything they were buying and posting about on social media.

"I looked on Facebook and saw the family photos with all the new clothes, four-wheelers, RV's, spending time at casinos," Hill said.

So he and his employees began investigating-- looking at surveillance video from the company.

They claim the two were making fake tickets after large trucks and trailers dropped off big loads of metal.

"They would weigh that out and put that ticket to the side. At the end, they were paying out the overage on the money," he said.

Hill estimates the couple got away with around $100,000-- maybe more.

He said the metal business was already struggling to begin with.

In June, they called authorities.

"They didn't only steal from me, they stole from all the hardworking people that helped build this business," Hill said.

The Belchers turned themselves in early this week.

Hill said he and his company feel betrayed by people they once considered friends.

"It's been heartbreaking, it hurts more than anything."

We spoke with Ashley Belcher on the phone about an hour before the story aired.

She tells us that her and her husband are innocent and people shouldn't believe everything they hear. She said the two are good parents of their five kids.

The two bonded out of jail Wednesday. Both are charged with theft of property between $30,000 and $150,000.

They face up to 10 years in prison.

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