Erlinger Construction claims employee converted more than $138K in property

Kelly Holleran May 30, 2012, 10:37am

A construction company claims one of its employees has stolen more than $100,000 from it.

Erlinger Construction Company filed a lawsuit May 9 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Lisa Korte Saunders.

In its complaint, Erlinger alleges Saunders converted its property, including cash, checks and cellular phone services and equipment, for her own benefit. Saunders took the $133,748.10 worth of materials between November 2009 through December 2011, according to the complaint.

"Plaintiff has made demand against defendant for return of the items taken, including cash and checks converted by defendant for her use; however, defendant has failed and refused to do the same," the suit states.

In addition to the money it says Saunders owes it, Erlinger seeks attorney's fees of $5,000, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Charles W. Courtney Jr. of Courtney, Clark and Mejias in Belleville will be representing it.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-247.

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