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September 2011

DRI Profiles Mercedes Colwin's MSJ Victory

DRI's weekly newsletter, The Voice, profiled Mercedes Colwin's motion for summary judgment victory from the New York Supreme Court, Bronx County, on behalf of a company that was sued by a former employee and her husband for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, battery, assault and loss of consortium. The client company owns and operates retail check cashing stores and an armored truck fleet for on-site payroll distribution, and provides armored car services and corporate teller services to Fortune 500 companies. 

Prior to the filing of the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by the client at one of its corporate locations and had access to and sold American Express Travelers Checks. After several unexplained/unauthorized absences, she was asked to resign. Shortly thereafter, the client was notified by American Express that over 100 travelers checks totaling approximately $20,500.00 had been cashed at one of its locations without having first been sold to the public. As a result, a nearly three-week internal investigation was conducted and revealed that, given her access to the same, it was more than likely that the plaintiff misappropriated the subject travelers checks. Accordingly, the client contacted the Financial Crimes Unit of the New York City Police Department, which conducted its own investigation. Following the conclusion of the investigation, a criminal complaint was filed against the plaintiff/former employee.

Please click here to read the article in The Voice.

Mercedes Colwin