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Bill Wolf values hard work and his close-knit employees at the home improvement company he built from the ground up called Wolf in the Woods.
“We are very close and when we bring somebody in, we treat them like family,” Wolf said.
It’s why he gathered his employees together recently in the conference room to confront a co-worker about what they’d discovered.
“The one thing I hate is to be lied to,” Wolf can be heard saying on the recording he made of the meeting.
He was talking to a man he’d hired just a couple months earlier.
Wolf had been looking for someone to do the bookkeeping for his business.
“Putting invoices in, paying vendors, collecting money from the clients, making sure all the books are up-to-date, payroll, taxes, all that stuff,” Wolf explained.
He says a man came in with a good resume, his own clean background check and a Texas driver’s license with the name Charles Mosley on it.
Wolf says he asked him to bring in a second piece of identification but hired him before he saw it.
“We hired him, got busy and forgot to get the ID,” Wolf said.
Several weeks went by and office manager Jennifer Medina says she got suspicious of some things Mosley was saying and doing so she asked Wolf to run their own background check.
“He told us his name was Charles Mosley but his real name was Robert Mosley,” Wolf said about what the background check uncovered. They say a closer look at the provided ID shows that the photo, date of birth and weight had been altered.
They also discovered Mosley had been writing duplicate checks to the same vendor to pay an invoice. They say he would send one to its intended recipient and deposit the other into his own account.
The background check also showed that Mosley is currently facing theft and money laundering charges in Broward County. He’s accused of taking more than $125,000 from Fort Lauderdale’s Mount Bethel Baptist Church where C.E. Glover is the bishop.
“It really devastated us,” he said. “It devastated our ability to really do the kind of work that God has called us to do.”
About Mosley, Bishop Glover said, “If he were to use the gifts and abilities God has given him in a productive way, he could be a major asset. He’s a brilliant young man, but he’s using his mind the wrong way.”
Mosley was out on bond after pleading not guilty to the charges when he got the job at Wolf in the Woods.
After finding out about Mosley, Wolf and his employees took what they’d learned so far and gathered in the conference room to confront him about his name and the charges at the church. Mosley denied taking anything from them and from the church.
“The lies, the lies, the lies,” Wolf said to Mosley. “My heart likes you so much but I just can’t do it, Mo”
“But I haven’t taken anything from you,” Mosley said.
“You took my f__ing trust,” Wolf said.
Soon after, Mosley left the building. Wolf and Medina say he left behind a briefcase.
Inside the briefcase they discovered copies of company checks and deposit receipts.
“His receipt from his bank account showing he deposited these two checks,” Medina said. “We called our vendor to see if they were the ones who cashed the check and they, in fact, did not.”
Wolf estimates his losses are more than $10,000.
“If we would have given him 30 days, he would have wiped this company out and I would have been broke,” Wolf said.
And he questions how the deposits were allowed to be made.
“We never thought a bank would cash a company check to a personal account,” he said. “I can’t believe Chase Bank didn’t throw red flags up over that.”
Wolf filed a police report with Davie Police who confirm they are investigating. Mosley is not facing charges connected to Wolf in the Woods.
The police report shows that the deposits were made using mobile banking.
“It appears that he was using a mobile app where you take a photo of the check or deposit it in some other way other than showing an ID and going into the bank,” said Sgt. Mark Leone with Davie Police.
He said his department sees many cases of criminals using technology to take money from people.
“As the technology changes, criminals are up on top of that technology,” he said “The detectives try to stay up on top of what’s going on with the new trends for these crimes that involve technology.”
Chase Bank didn’t provide answers about why its system didn’t catch a check written to a business being deposited into a personal account.
A spokesperson said the bank is investigating what happened, has restricted Mosley’s accounts and will pay Wolf back any money he lost.
NBC 6 Investigator Willard Shepard caught up with Mosley and his attorney when they were leaving a recent court hearing on the church theft charges.
Mosley chose not to comment to NBC 6 but his attorney, Michael Weinstein, said, “He has proclaimed his innocence regarding the church situation and he is proclaiming his innocence regarding this.”
Before living in South Florida, Mosley faced theft charges in Arizona that were dismissed. An investigative reporter at a Detroit TV station also uncovered that he’s been suspected of taking money from churches in Michigan. He was never charged in Michigan in connection to those allegations.