Bookkeeper booked after $500,000 missing from client account, sheriff’s office reports

A Baton Rouge-based bookkeeper remained jailed Friday in Jefferson Parish on dozens of counts of fraud and theft after one of her clients discovered more than $500,000 missing from its accounts.

Kristin Koenig, owner of Accurate Business Services LLC, had been performing bookkeeping services for Dyna-Play for nearly three years when the Metairie playground consulting firm discovered Koenig was writing checks to herself rather than the various companies Dyna-Play was doing business with, Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Friday.

Detective Julia Grace determined Koenig had changed Dyna-Play’s computer records to indicate the checks were going to the companies owed, but had diverted the funds for her own use instead, Fortunato said.

Koenig later told investigators she had used the $502,536.87 drawn from Dyna-Play’s accounts to keep afloat her own business, which also was known as A.B.S. Accurate Bookkeeping Services, Fortunato said.

Koenig, 40, of Denham Springs, was arrested in Livingston Parish and taken to Jefferson Parish, where she was booked Thursday on 62 counts each of computer fraud, bank fraud, theft, identity theft and monetary instrument abuse.

Bail was set at $2,500 per count, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office website.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the case to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300.

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