• Tue. Sep 20th, 2022

Infotrac employee charged with stealing $400,000 in commission scam

ByChad J. Johnson

Sep 19, 2022
Randy Brett Lee

A longtime Infotrac Inc. employee is accused of stealing more than $400,000 from the Leesburg-based company by tampering with sales and commission reports.

Randy Brett Lee, 52, of Howey-in-the-Hills, was arrested on Thursday and charged with grand larceny over $10,000 and fraud scheme over $50,000. He left the Lake County jail hours later for $35,000 and will appear in Lake County court on October 10.

Infotrac Inc., located at 200 N. Palmetto St., is a hazardous materials response and compliance company. According to the probable cause affidavit, Lee was employed by the company for more than 25 years and was most recently chief marketing officer. He entered into a five-year, auto-renewing contract in 2011 that paid him $165,000 a year and set commission criteria. Lee’s job was to attract new customers and renew existing customers. With the significant increase in wages, some sales were no longer eligible for commissions.

Lee was in the second year of his second renewal in April when the company president was notified of an email from Lee authorizing the payment of 12.5% ​​commission to two other employees for helping Lee during a prolonged absence for a chronic illness. The president said he knew nothing about the additional funds given to employees and never approved the payments, according to the affidavit.

This triggered an internal investigation into the company’s practices and procedures, and the company’s president reviewed the company’s reports, according to the affidavit.

Under the contract, Lee received a commission for new accounts, but not for renewals. The investigation revealed that Lee reviewed the renewal list every month, highlighted various accounts and asked the accounting team to replace them with new accounts because customers planned to cancel before he replaced them ” backup,” according to the affidavit.

The investigation also showed that Lee regularly received reports on company earnings, highlighted certain accounts and added handwritten percentages next to them to indicate what he wanted to add to his commissions. The company president said he never authorized these handwritten percentages as additional commissions, according to the affidavit.

The investigation continued and more layers of the scheme were uncovered. In early May, the company’s president called Lee and asked him about three accounts, and Lee replied that he couldn’t say until he saw the accounts. Later that day, Lee was observed removing items from the walls of his office and packing his belongings. When asked what he was doing, Lee replied that he was taking a 10-day PTO. The president asked who was removing the objects from the walls during a 10-day PTO and Lee replied, “I won’t give up! You will have to fire me! says the affidavit.

The company president told Lee that he had no intention of firing him at that time. He took Lee to lunch and they discussed FMLA and the short-term disability related to Lee’s chronic illness. They went back to the office, Lee left and never returned to work. The president said he has not seen Lee since then, according to the affidavit.

Meanwhile, the accounting manager reported that Lee had made it known that he was “untouchable”. She said she was warned by the former accounting manager to “play along” and not do anything to upset Lee. The accounting manager said she heard about other employees who opposed Lee who were no longer with the company or who were mistreated if they stayed. She said she was intimidated by Lee and tried to avoid conflict and confrontation, according to the affidavit.

The accounting manager said on May 2, after Lee was questioned by the president and vice president about her activities, Lee walked past her office and called her a “bitch (expletive deleted).” He later denied making the comment and began clearing his desk, according to the affidavit.

Several other employees provided information about Lee’s fraudulent activities. An audit showed Lee took about $400,000 in unauthorized, unearned salary between 2018 and 2022, the affidavit said.