British holidaymaker, 43, drowns while swimming



A British tourist has drowned at a beach on the holiday island of Lanzarote.

Steve Potter, 43, was spotted floating face down in the water after leaving friends on the beach to go for a swim.

He was seen to be in trouble in the sea and dragged out of the water unconscious, but died at the shoreline after failing to respond to efforts to revive him.



Famara beach in Lanzarote is a popular spot for families and holidaymakers who enjoy surfing and kitesurfing

The results of an autopsy have been sent to an investigating judge put in charge of a routine inquiry into the incident, but have not yet been made public.

A source said: 'He appears to have disappeared out of sight and reappeared a few minutes later floating face down in the water.

'There's nothing to suggest this was anything other than a tragic accident although we haven't been told the exact cause of death.'


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Mr Potter, thought to be from the north of England, is understood to have been at Famara Beach in Lanzarote, with friends.

The two-mile long beach, on the northwest coast of the island, is a world-famous surfing and kiteboarding beach used by professionals who often train there.

Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar chose the dramatic setting to shoot key scenes of his 2009 film Broken Embraces, starring Penelope Cruz.

The tragedy happened late on Saturday afternoon.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: 'We can confirm the death of a British national in Lanzarote on April 20.

Tokyo in 101 faces: Photographer charts Japanese life from cradle to grave



Some are old enough to remember the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, while others are old enough to hold memories of bombing raids destroying much of the same city in 1945.

Others are of an age to remember the catastrophic Kanto earthquake and tsunami in 1923 which wiped out up to 135,000 Tokyo residents.

There are even some that were born before the city's main railway station opened. But some are not old enough to have explored Tokyo's vast urban sprawl at all yet.

A fascinating new collection of pictures from a Finnish photographer features Tokyo residents from the cradle (almost) to the grave featuring 101 photos of different people of every age from newborn babies to 100 year olds.






Toddlers: These two pictures featured in 100 Years in Tokyo show two of the city's youngest residents - they are both aged two







Teenagers: This pair are both aged 16. The are among 2,500 strangers approached to have their picture taken by Petri Artturi Asikainen








Growing up: This pair, pictured in Tokyo city's bustling urban sprawl, are both aged 27


Petri Artturi Asikainen, armed with his camera, spent three years approaching complete strangers in the Japanese capital city and asking if he could take their photo to complete his 100 Years in Tokyo project.


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When a resident wasn't too shy to say no to Petri - many refused - he would ask them their age and collected a photo of a male and a female Tokyoite for each year up to his oldest subjects, a pair of centenarians.

Petri estimates that he approached around 2,500 people and amassed a collection of 500 pictures during his time on the project.






Life begins at 40: These two are about to enter their fifth decade - they are both aged 39









Not shy: Of the 2,500 approached by Petri, just 500 people agreed to have their picture taken for the book, including these two aged 48









Good eye for an age: Petri says that when he became adept at guessing people's ages despite Japanese people looking younger than their years. He guessed that these two were both aged 60


But he admitted that when he set out on his mission to collect such a vast range of ages, he wasn't sure if it'd be possible.

A freelance photographer, working mainly for magazines and businesses, 100 Years in Tokyo is Petri's first personal project.

His collection manages not only to capture the entire spectrum of Tokyoites in terms of age, the images he shot depict the city's diversity, not only in terms of location - he took pictures all other Tokyo - but of the different types of people who live there.

The images feature people from all manor of backgrounds, from students to labourers and one shot even features a homeless man.







Diverse: His pictures don't only capture a spectrum of ages - these two are both 74 - they also capture the city's diversity









All ages: The group of pictures features all manor of subjects, from babies to labourers to people in residential care. These two were 94 when the shots were taken









Centenarians: This man and woman were among the oldest people photographed by Petri - they were both aged 100


Petri told the Japan Times that he became an expert at guessing people's ages while collecting the pictures.

He said: 'The funny thing is, for western people it's difficult to tell some people's ages here because Japanese people look much younger than they are.

'But when I was doing it, I got very good at it.

'When I needed, say, someone aged 56, I very seldomly missed by more than two years.'

> A flip-through video of the book can be viewed at pa.artturi.com/books. For more information, contact books@artturi.com.

Wal-Mart's 2012 pay for CEO Mike Duke totals $20.7 million



Wal-Mart Stores Inc. gave its CEO Mike Duke a pay package in 2012 worth $20.7 million, a 14 per cent increase from the year before, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing on Monday.

Mr Duke's pay package far exceeds the earnings of his employees, with the average worker making $8.81 an hour, according to estimates. With an average work week of 34 hours, that comes to an annual $15,576 in income.


The company has long been criticized for its low wages but in December Mr Duke offered his assurances that the company, based in Bentonville, Ark., paid a competitive wage.




Taste of success: President and CEO of Walmart Mike Duke, in Dec, received a pay package in 2012 worth $20.7 million

In addition to the outrage over the low wages paid for the giant discount retailer, the company has been battling negative press alleging poor working conditions and inadequate health insurance for employees.


Past research has shown how Walmart spends an average of $3,500 per employee for health care, 27 per cent less than the retail-industry average of $4,800.

Despite the criticism, Mr Duke insists the Walmart is 'serving an emerging middle class' and has defended the treatment of employees.


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Duke's performance-based cash bonus jumped more than 50 per cent for a year that saw the world's largest retailer posting strong financial results despite a challenging economy for its low-income shoppers.


The pay rise came despite allegations of bribery in Wal-Mart's Mexico operations that surfaced a year ago. The company, based in Bentonville, Ark., has launched its own investigation and is working with government officials in the U.S. and Mexico.


In the regulatory filing, Wal-Mart said that starting this year, it will tie some of Duke's compensation, and that of other top executives, to the discounter's success in fortifying its compliance program. Compensation has been traditionally based on such financial measures as sales and operating income.


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Duke, 63, has been Wal-Mart's CEO since February 2009. He received a base salary of $1.3 million, up 4 percent from the year-ago period.




Outrage: Walmart has been criticized for paying employees low wages and not offering adequate health benefits

His stock awards of $13.6 million rose 4 per cent. His performance-based cash bonus soared to $4.4 million from $2.9 million, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Duke's other compensation amounted to $644,450, up from $377,258 in the previous year. The perks included $101,947 for the use of the company aircraft. He also received $644,450 in above market interest credited on deferred compensation.


For the latest year ended Jan. 31, Wal-Mart posted a 5 percent increase in sales to $466.1 billion. That figure excludes membership fees from Sam's Club. Wal-Mart's operating income rose 4.7 per cent to $27.8 billion in the latest year. Wall-Mart's stock rose 14 per cent in 2012, compared with a 13 per cent gain in the Standard & Poor's 500.

Wal-Mart, which draws nearly 10 per cent of all nonautomotive spending in the U.S., saw its U.S. business come back starting in late 2011 after grappling with an almost two-year slump resulting from mistakes it made in pricing and merchandising.


To re-ignite its U.S. business, which accounts for about 60 per cent of its total sales, Wal-Mart re-emphasized low prices throughout its stores after it strayed by slashing prices on certain merchandise. It also brought back thousands of items that it culled during an overzealous campaign to de-clutter its stores.


But a bribery scandal threatens to slow its business overseas. Wal-Mart has already slowed its expansion plans in Mexico, and last November, the retailer said in an SEC filing that it was looking into potential U.S. bribery law violations in Brazil, China and India. The New York Times first reported the allegations in April 2012 that Wal-Mart failed to notify law enforcement that company officials authorized millions of dollars in bribes in Mexico to speed up getting building permits and gain other favors.The New York Times articles have reported that Wal-Mart officials including Duke were allegedly informed starting in 2005 about bribes being made in the country.

Toddler died of sudden childhood death syndrome



A mother awoke to find her toddler daughter dead beside her after the child had climbed under the duvet to be close to her, an inquest heard.


Sienna-Louise Burns-Hainesborough, aged 15 months, died from sudden childhood death syndrome, the coroner said.


The child's mother Kirsty Hainesborough, 24, got the whole family to sleep downstairs in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, because she was worried about some trouble in the street earlier in the day.



Happy family: Kirsty Hainesborough (right) holding her daughter Sienna Louise who died after after getting under the duvet as she slept. Her fiance Christopher Burns is holding their other child, Lily

Kirsty put Sienna and her sister Lily to sleep on one sofa with their father Christopher Burns, 30, while she slept on another, the inquest in Cleethorpes Town Hall was told.

But in the morning the distraught mother found Sienna's lifeless body at her feet under the duvet after the young child snuggled in with her during the night.


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The child's father Christopher said the family decided to sleep downstairs in the living room on January 5 last year after some troublemakers had come to the door.


He said he had fallen asleep on one sofa, with Sienna-Louise and her sister Lily sleeping at either end. Kirsty was asleep under a duvet on the other sofa.






Mother and child: Kirsty holds her daughter Sienna-Louise who died on January 6 last year

In the early hours of January 6, Christopher awoke and could not see Sienna-Louise at his side.

On checking the other sofa, he found her under a duvet at her mother's feet. Emergency services were called to the home but they were unable to revive the infant.

Both parents told the inquest they were aware of advice, given by health visitors, about the dangers of co-sleeping with children.

A post-mortem examination concluded the young girl died from sudden childhood death syndrome.

Detective Sergeant John Shepherd said the infant had made her own way from one sofa onto the sofa occupied by her mum.

Grimsby and North Lincolnshire Coroner Paul Kelly said: 'She made her own way to the sofa on which her mother was sleeping and burrowed her way under the bedclothes.'

He concluded the infant died from unexpected death in childhood in which accidental co-sleeping was a contributory factor.

WHAT IS SUDDEN UNEXPLAINED DEATH IN CHILDHOOD?



Sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC) is less common than sudden infant death. It's estimated to occur in 1.5 deaths per 100,000 live births.

By definition, the cause(s) of death in these children is unknown. SUDC generally occurs in children aged one to three, and more often in boys.


Factors that may increase the risk include a family history of seizures, a recent minor head trauma and/or a family history of sudden infant death syndrome or SUDC.


Most are found prone, often with their face straight down into the sleep surface.


The diagnosis of SUDC can be made only after thorough review of the medical history of the child and its family, microscopic evaluation of the scene where the child was found lifeless, and post-mortem examination.


For more information: www.sudc.org

The real worth of $5: Video reveals how far your money



f you like a beer or two to relax at the end of the day then, bizarrely, you might want to consider moving to China.

Although its a country not known for its brewing traditions, just $5 (£3.28) will get you a whopping 12 bottles of Tsingtao or Moutai beer in the People's Republic.

That compares to just two bottles of Newcastle Brown ale the same amount will get you in a British off-licence, and four small 12-oz cabs of Pabst Blue Ribbon from an American liquor store.
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Who's ready for a party? Just $5 dollars will buy you this impressive haul of lager from a Chinese supermarket





Enough for a quiet night in maybe: The same amount will get you four tins of Blue Ribbon from a U.S. store





The students' favourite: In UK money it works out as £3.28, enough for just two bottles of Newkie Brown





No wonder they work so hard: ¥496 will only get a Japanese salaryman a single tin of Sapporo after a long day

But if you think that's unfair, pity the poor Japanese lager lover, whose $5 (¥496) will only afford him a single can of Sapporo.

Differences in prices for the working man's favourite tipple have been revealed in a new YouTube clip comparing what $5 will buy you in food around the world.


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It compares prices for bananas, coffee, beef, rice, potatoes, eggs and (of course) beer in countries ranging from Italy to Ethiopa.

The clever cost-of-living visualisation reveals that not only is beer cheap in China, but eggs and, perhaps unsurprisingly, rice too (although the latter is cheaper still in Afghanistan).






A staple for some: £5 will buy you seven pounds of rice in the U.S. and 12lb in China, where it's popular









Your grocery shopping will go further in Afghanistan, however. But the poor Japanese lose out again




Bodybuilders' choice: British beef comes in at a budget price, cheapest among the countries surveyed





Rawhide: Even the cattle-ranching cowboys of the U.S. get less for their $5 in beef mince





The Chinese get just a single pound of the stuff for the same money, and average incomes there are lower





No wonder they call us rosbifs: Beef mince in a French supermarché costs three times as much as in Britain

But sail just a few miles to Japan and, one assumes, high demand and a lack of farming land in that country means rice is an incredible six times more expensive.

Hard-pressed British shoppers might be surprised to learn that, despite several years of food-price inflation, minced beef is cheaper in our supermarkets France, China and even the cattle-ranching U.S.

Of course, many of the results are not exactly shocking, but the film offers an intriguing insight into how different economies around the globe have vastly different costs of living.

It has been put together by BuzzFeed from a range of authoritative sources and, although it was posted on YouTube just last Friday, has already had nearly 1.5million views.

Lucas Lima, a user on the video sharing site, commented: 'Good bye, I'm going to China.'
Now watch clever cost-of-living visualisation video

Young father died when his car crashed into a lorry



A young father was killed in a horror crash as he sped to rescue his fiancée after she was attacked in a nightclub, an inquest has heard.

Geoffrey Firkins, 21, died when his Vauxhall Corsa collided with a lorry and a Peugeot 206 in the early hours of February 7 last year.

North Staffordshire Coroners Court heard heard today how minutes earlier, he had received a phone call from fiancée Katie Evans, 21, telling him she had been assaulted during a night-out with friends.

Mr Firkins, from Chell Heath, Stoke-on-Trent, was not wearing a seatbelt as he drove to collect her from nearby Hanley.

In his efforts to reach her, he overtook a Peugeot 206 and clipped the car causing his vehicle to slide into a lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

He crashed on the A53 in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, and later died in hospital from multiple injuries.

Mr Firkins, a factory worker, had been with Miss Evans for three years and the couple had a son, two-and-a-half-year-old Cody-Jay together. The couple had planned to marry this year.

Speaking at his funeral, Miss Evans said: 'When I first saw Geoff I absolutely hated him and I told him so, but a week after, we fell in love.


'I found out I was pregnant not long after we had been together and on my 18th birthday, he proposed to me.

'Cody-Jay was born on August 30, 2010 and Geoff grew up and became a man and an excellent daddy to our beautiful son.



Tragedy: An inquest heard Geoffrey Firkins was not wearing a seat belt when he crashed into a lorry in Staffordshire






Tribute: Katie Evans, left, had a son Cody-Jay and was engaged to Geoff Firkins, right, before he died


'Our child is the double of Geoff and he takes after his dad when it comes to looks and attitude, because he can be so stubborn at times, just like Geoff was.


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'I will make sure he knows every little thing about you and what a good man you were.

'If I wrote down all the good times we had and all the good you did for everybody, I would be here forever.'

Mr Firkins' grandfather, also called Geoffrey Firkins, told the inquest: 'From speaking to the officers and learning about his injuries, I know that if Geoffrey had been wearing his seatbelt he would still be with us.

'I always made sure his car was road-worthy, but it seems to be the done thing among young people to not wear your seatbelt.

'It's too late for Geoffrey now, but I want to prevent this happening to someone else.'

Recording a verdict of accidental death, North Staffordshire Deputy Coroner Anthony Curzon said: 'Whether wearing a seat belt would have made a difference or not, it was a contributory factor.'



Warning: Speaking after his grandson's inquest, Geoffrey Firkin said young people should always remember to wear a seat belt

Bill Gates 'disrespects' South Korea's female president



Bill Gates has found himself at the centre of a cultural row after he was accused of disrespecting the South Korean president by his 'rude' handshake yesterday.


The Microsoft founder has been heavily criticised by the country's media because he shook President Park Geun-hye hand, while keeping his left in his trouser pocket.


Korean newspapers attacked the billionaire for his casual style and pictures of the meeting were splashed across the front page of the country's national newspapers today.




This picture of Bill Gates shaking hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye with his left in his pocket was splashed across the country's newspapers on Tuesday with the media accusing him of 'disrespecting' the leader



The Presidential palace has not commented on the handshake furore

Some publications cropped out his pocketed hand, while others highlighted it.

The JoongAng newspaper wrote: 'Cultural difference, or an act of disrespect?' while others called it a 'disrespectful and casual handshake'.





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A one-hand shake is often seen as disrespectful in South Korea and parts of Asia, and is normally reserved for someone younger or a good friend.


Mr Gates was in the country to give a lecture on the charitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the National Assembly in Seoul.

He met university students and executives of Samsung Electronics Company before his scheduled meeting with President Park.




Some South Korean newspapers cropped out the offending hand while others highlighted it



The Microsoft founder was visiting South Korea to give a lecture for the charitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

'Perhaps it was his all-American style but an open jacket with hand in pocket? That was way too casual. It was very regretful,'Chung Jin-suk, secretary general at the Korean National Assembly, was quoted by ABC News as saying.

Korean media reported that Gates has caused similar controversy in the past when meeting the country's leaders.

In 2002, Gates gave a two-handed shake to the late Kim Dae-jung but in 2008 gave President Lee Myung-Bak's a 'disrespectful' handshake.


It has led to speculation in South Korea that it was done deliberately and reflects his political preference.


No one from the Gates camp of the presidential palace has commented.


THE MANNERS MINEFIELD: HOW CUSTOMS VARY AROUND THE WORLD



This ok sign would be considered vulgar in Greece or Turkey

It is not only in South Korea that greetings can prove offensive.

In Japan, it is impolite not to bow lower than the other person when greeting or thanking them.

A handshake can also be a faux pas in France if a kiss on the cheek would have been more appropriate.

Shoes and feet can be an etiquette minefield in different parts of the world. Not taking shoes off in Maori or Muslim sacred spaces is very rude.


In Finland and Scandinavian countries, not removing shoes when entering someone's home is also discourteous.

Clothes are also very important in temples and churches. People should not enter a church in Italy with bare legs or arms and that rule generally applies to other religions.

In Buddhist temples, it is important to sit with feet tucked under so that they do not point at the Buddha.


Whereas a pat on the head can is affectionate in much of the Western world, it is very rude in Thailand.


In Buddhism the head is the most pure region of the body.


In the UK and America, the humble okay sign is a positive gesture but in Greece and Turkey it is seen as very vulgar.

Eating with your left hand in India and Middle Eastern countries is also considered rude as it is reserved for bodily hygiene and thought of as unclean.

Giving a clock or a watch as a gift in China or Taiwan may be regarded as a faux-pas, as it traditionally associated with counting the seconds to the recipient's death.

Gambler, 26, who called himself the 'Betfair King'



A gambler who allegedly conned family friends out of £620,000 through a bogus betting scheme spent thousands of pounds shopping for designer clothes at Harrods and Ralph Lauren.


Elliott Short, 26, who lived in Chelsea, central London, was said to have claimed he was able to place successful bets on races and make large sums of money using a layered betting scheme.

But the horse racing expert lost more than £1million of his own money and cash given by investors through unsuccessful gambling and lavish lifestyle, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Christopher Antoniou allegedly invested £200,000 in Short’s betting system, hoping for huge profits - but he never saw the cash again and began to become suspicious after reading an article about the scheme in a newspaper.

The story in the now-defunct News of the World, which claimed Short had made £21million from his scheme, was rubbished by Betfair - which said the figures given by Short were impossible.

Mr Antoniou often visited Short to talk over his investment and said he saw him placing bets by phone while watching races on TV and marking wins by chanting: ‘Who is the Betfair King?’

After becoming friends Mr Antoniou and Short met socially, and Short would go out to trendy clubs and bars in Chelsea and Knightsbridge, a few times each week, the court was told.


Short would ‘typically pay for everything and anyone, showing off his supposed wealth’ and ‘the bills he would run up were usually in excess of £1,000’, Michael Hick prosecuting, said.

The court also heard how Short spent thousands of pounds on designer clothes and hotels.


Bank statements show during 2009 he spent £4,549 at a Hilton hotel and £460 at Christopher Louboutin. The documents also showed a £7,015 spend at Ralph Lauren and £1,825 at Brinkley’s Wine Gallery in Chelsea.

He also allegedly splashed out on a chauffeur-driven Mercedes, jetted off on holidays to Marbella, stayed in plush hotels and frequented top clubs including exclusive Eclipse in Chelsea.

‘Some smaller sums were going to Betfair, whilst bigger sums were going to places like Harrods and the Hilton,’ Mr Hicks said. ‘The money was in fact being spent on maintaining an extravagantly lavish lifestyle.



Trial: Southwark Crown Court (pictured) heard the horse racing expert lost over £1million of his own money and cash given by investors through unsuccessful gambling and lavish lifestyle

‘What Mr Short’s bank statements do show is that this money was in fact spent on maintaining a lavish lifestyle - spending money in exclusive clubs, eating out, shipping in various luxury brand shops and going on a holiday to Marbella.’

When the article appeared in 2009, Mr Antoniou confronted Short, who alllegedly said the Betfair statement had been issued by the firm at his request as he wasn’t happy with the story and publicity.




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Mr Hick said: ‘This was another false story, made up by Mr Short to make him appear successful, and no doubt to convince his investors to keep providing him with money and to attract new investors.

‘However the story prompted Betfair to release a public statement countering the article, stating the claims made were not possible. As a consequence, the News of the World was forced to make a retraction.’



Equestrian aficionado: Christopher Antoniou had often visited Elliott Short to talk over his investment and saw him watching races on TV before chanting: 'Who is the Betfair King?' (file picture of horse race)

As a result, Betfair allegedly cancelled all of Short’s accounts with them so he could no longer trade.

Short, of Chester, Cheshire, is accused of defrauding James Crawford out of £400,000, Mr Antoniou out of £200,000 and Melinda Barrett out of £20,000 between September 2008 and August 2009.

Mr Crawford, who met Short via his mother and step-father, Rosemary and Tom King, handed over £400,000 after mistakenly believing he was trading successfully, the court heard. He was allegedly told he would receive monthly dividend payments of £70,000, but they allegedly never materialised.


Short is charged with 13 counts of fraud and one count of making or supplying an article for use in fraud. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

Women's basketball team the Boston Bombers



Up until last week the Boston Bombers were just a basketball team out of New England.


The city's only semi-professional women's basketball team has changed their name after abruptly closing their Facebook page and website in a bid to disassociate themselves from last week's horrific attack.


They revealed their new name of the Boston Bulldogs on Tuesday.




Name change: Boston's only semi-professional women's basketball team is changing their name from the Boston Bombers following Monday's horrific attack

'We was planning on changing it once the Boston incident happened,' a team spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline.

The Bombers were one of more than 40 teams part of the Women's Blue Chip League, a non-salaried league that provided its players with advanced exposure for opportunities to compete in the next level.





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The team featured a red and black logo of a detonating bomb with four basketball seams crossing the front.

Their website BostonBombersBasketball.com has since been abandoned and their Twitter page shows Tweets only up until last December.



League: The Bombers were a part of the Women's Blue Chip League, a non-salaried league that provided its players with advanced exposure for opportunities to compete in the next level

The city is still recovering after the two bombings that went off at the finish line of the Boston marathon which left three dead and injured more than 180 people.
Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a police shoot out while his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a second suspect in the attack, is currently recovering in hospital.

Florida accountant 'stole $170K from her boss



A former accountant is accused of stealing nearly $170,000 from her boss to pay for her breast implants, furniture and a divorce.


Volusia County Sheriff's deputies say it was a $1,000 discrepancy that finally tipped Steffani Lariscy's boss in Florida to her six-digit theft that accumulated over a three-year period.


The 37-year-old was arrested in North Carolina on Thursday after allegedly making a run for it when confronted for what was thought to be a much smaller $1,000 theft at Robbins Camper Sales in Ormond Beach.



Extra numbers: Former accountant Steffani Lariscy has been arrested in North Carolina after allegedly stealing $169,822.63 from her boss in Florida over a three-year period

The store's owner now says that $1,000 theft quickly turned into $11,000 before eventually $169,822.63 was discovered missing from April of 2009 to February 2012.


An anonymous source told investigators 'Lariscy had a lot of unexplained cash at her house and had been bragging about it.


'The tipster also said that Lariscy had bought some new furniture and also had spent $7,000 on breast implants,' the sheriff's department reports.




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Lariscy's boss says it was an $11,000 camper sold to a buyer in cash last year that tipped him off to her theft after only seeing $10,000 marked in his record books.


He said Lariscy was to deposit the money the next day in their bank account but after reviewing the business records and seeing it short $1,000 he went to the bank which revealed that none of the cash made it into the company account.



Not adding up: The owner of Robbins Camper Sales says it was $1,000 missing from his record books that finally tipped him off to her alleged crimes

Lariscy told him she didn't know anything about the missing money when confronted but promised to look into it, he said.


Later when he went to retrieve a hand-written deposit slip from their deposit registry to show to Lariscy, he says it had been torn from their books.


After confronting her again he says this time she fessed up to taking the money saying she needed it to help her pay for her divorce.


She said she planned to return it in time.


It was after the owner admitted that he was considering going to the police that she fled according to the sheriff’s department.Investigators later discovered the near $170,000 sum missing from his accounts.