Police: Wayne Farms supervisor, employees conspire in payroll ripoff scheme

Published: Feb. 25, 2019 at 6:55 AM CST
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Five people are charged in an elaborate embezzlement scheme that Dothan police claim bilked a business out lots of money.

Investigator Terry Nelson claims a Wayne Farms supervisor rigged payroll records to make it appear employees worked hours they didn't. Those employees then kicked back a portion of their ill-gotten pay to that supervisor.

Charged with Theft First Degree are Clifton Rafael Frazier, 35, of Dothan, the supervisor. Also charged are Lotoya Copeland, 34, of Blakely, Olivia Patrice Beard, 29, of Bainbridge, Robert Kenta Wade, 41, of Dothan and Tamilin Smith, 38, also of Dothan. An arrest warrant has been issued for another person who is not yet in custody.

Nelson estimates that employees generally paid Frazier up to $200 a week for illegally adding overtime to their paychecks. The overall scheme, he said, has netted about $100,000.

Wayne Farms spokesperson Frank Singleton told WTVY the company is aware of the arrests but won't comment further until the investigation is complete and all charges are filed.

The company's website shows Wayne Farms employs about 350 in Dothan with a $30 million annual payroll.