Travis Wilson

Travis Wilson

Courtesy of the Casper Police Department

A Casper man faces two felony charges for allegedly embezzling more than $200,000 from the local car wash where he worked by scamming the company’s computer program.

Travis Wilson pleaded not guilty to one count of larceny by bailee and one count of theft — both felonies — during his arraignment Tuesday morning in Natrona County District Court.

An owner at Cowboy Auto Spa first reported an alleged theft in September, court documents show. A detective later followed up on the case.

One of the co-owners told the detective that he believed Wilson, who was general manager at the time, had been embezzling from the company. The co-owner said that he called the company that operates the car wash’s computer software and that the company identified more than $100,000 that had been taken from the business, the documents state.

The co-owner told the detective that Wilson runs the day-to-day operations of the business and is the only person who had full access to the company’s computer system. He said that Wilson had worked for the car wash for several years and had gained the owners’ trust.

The co-owner believed that Wilson was editing the amount of car washes purchased every day to a smaller number and then taking the proceeds from those deleted sales for himself. Wilson would then edit the daily total amounts so that it appeared all the money was accounted for, the documents state.

The co-owner said that he confronted Wilson about his suspicions but that Wilson denied stealing any money.

A forensic evaluation of the company’s accounts showed that a total of $234,763 was taken from the car wash between August 2011 and August 2016. The analysis showed that almost 17,000 car wash transactions had been reversed during that time period.

Wilson was fired from his job as general manager on Sept. 7 and since that date there haven’t been any suspicious transaction activity, according to the documents.

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Elise Schmelzer joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 after graduating from the University of Missouri and interning at newspapers around the country. As features editor, she oversees arts and culture coverage and reports stories on a broad variety of topics.

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