Scott Welch's Den of Iniquity

With the money he embezzled from Wachovia ($11.2 million give or take a few clams), Scott Welch bought himself many a sports car. This was a plan, to throw people off the trail. He didn’t buy a new set of wheels “constantly,” as neighbors recall, in an attempt to hide the fact that he was stealing money from the bank, but to distract from what he was really putting the funds toward. A love that dare not speak its name. A love of plants, and impeccably maintained yards.

For eight years, until he was laid off in 2008, Welch planned and executed an embezzlement scheme that defrauded Wachovia of $11.2 million, according to documents filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office last month. Welch, who had no formal college education, was helped by a Charlotte-area landscaper, a firefighter, a home remodeler and a forklift salesman.

Scott Welch loved to landscape. Neighbors say the Welches had new palm trees delivered every year, and county records show there used to be a large lighthouse statue in their backyard. Welch had Dove build stone walls, do irrigation work, and even add brick tiling to the doghouse.

How much does Scott love trees and grass? Clearly enough that he was willing to steal for them, like the conniving tramps that often drive otherwise good men to break the law in order to be with them. But apparently so much so that Scotty-boy hasn’t yet had that moment where he’s snapped out of it, as even after getting caught, he’s failed to recognize and sever ties with those who got him into this mess.

The family is also surrendering cars, Murray said, and Welch has moved his family to his mother-in-law’s house, on a quiet Mooresville street.

“You couldn’t ask for a better neighbor,” said Machael Stephenson, who lives on an adjoining property. “He cuts my grass and takes my trash out.”

How a quiet bank executive built a lavish life on stolen money [Charlotte Observer via Daily Intel]

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  1. Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    If my parents had only told me about long ago the possibilities in the banking industry I might have really become somebody.

    ~Common Thief

  2. Posted by guest | June 14, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Let’s see his clippers.

  3. Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    howd he get caught

  4. Posted by guest | June 14, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    For $11.2 he’s gotta be growing some prettay prettay prettay good shit, amirite?

  5. Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Landscape guy could have done some work on the lawn. Looks like it could use some water. Must have had problems parking in the garage with that big of a paved area in front. Besides that $11.2 didnt go to far…

  6. Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Tag excellence, as always Bess…..

  7. Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    I see nothing wrong with this

    - Zachary Kouwe

  8. Posted by EvilBuzzard | June 14, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    “He cuts my grass and takes my trash out.”

    And that’s not all he does between the hedges….

  9. Posted by Shitting on Tryon St | June 14, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Mooresville? Probably had his poor kids in public school. I bet they even had to associate with negros!

  10. Posted by Nuppals | June 14, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Only 11.2?

    Pu$$y.

    -Bernie

  11. Posted by guest | June 14, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    @9 *negroes
    -fify

  12. Posted by Joseph di Jersey City | June 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    @5 Yea, there are a lot of bare patches. OTOH, a brick tiled dog house – that’s something to shoot for.

  13. Posted by guest | June 14, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    @12 Why settle for brick when you could have marble?
    -Cæsar Avgvstvs

  14. Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    But where’s the pontoon boat?
    I thought the guy was living it big!

  15. Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    He didn’t steal nearly as much from Wachovia as Ken Thompson or Bud Baker.

  16. Posted by QueenB | June 15, 2010 at 5:41 AM

    Whichever prat wrote: “Mooresville? Probably had his poor kids in public school. I bet they even had to associate with negros!” Bascially needs to get a life racist twat