Kyle Barnett May 22, 2014, 5:13pm

GRETNA – The owner of a motorcycle dealership is suing its former office manager for allegedly stealing nearly $100,000 during the course of her employment.

Crescent City Partners filed suit against Valerie Norment in the 24th Judicial District Court on April 28.

Crescent City Partners asserts that on July 2, 2012 it hired Norment to work as an office manager at Renegade Harley-Davidson located in Metairie. The plaintiff claims that on Dec. 3, 2013 the general sales manager noticed that a cash payment of $4,000 was missing and questioned the defendant about where it was. Crescent City Partners alleges that Norment first stated that that she had given the $4,000 to the finance and insurance manager, but quickly changed her story and said that she had left her desk drawer where the money was kept unlocked open over the weekend.

The plaintiff asserts that after conducting a forensic accounting it found that the defendant was responsible for the missing cash and that $97,770.75 had gone missing from the dealership since she had begun working there.

The defendant is accused of conversion of funds, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.

Damages in the amount of $97,770.75 plus attorney’s fees are sought by the plaintiff.

Crescent City Partners is represented by Stephanie Villagomez Lemoine of New Orleans-based Phelps Dunbar.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Henry G. Sullivan Jr.

Case no. 737-863.

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