The Sierra Vista Police Department arrested a local woman on 41 felony charges including fraud and money laundering after an 11-month investigation revealed she embezzled several hundred thousand dollars from local companies through her payroll company.
Patricia Bowman, a 46-year-old Sierra Vista resident, was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Bowman owned Daystar Payroll, LLC and was responsible for completing payroll and paying payroll taxes to the state and federal government for numerous companies in Sierra Vista.
SVPD’s investigation revealed that between January 2012 and October 2019 Bowman faked tax documents and provided false documents to the businesses to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars. Due to Bowman’s actions, the companies involved have been assessed fines and penalties from the U.S. Treasury Department of more than $1.2 million.
Bowman was booked into the Cochise County Jail on 41 felony charges including fraud, theft, money laundering, and forgery. She is being held on a $200,000 bond.
Anyone with information regarding this case or other potential victims is asked to contact SVPD Detective John Papatrefon by calling (520) 452-7500.