Triad man, woman accused of stealing $3 million from employer

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Rhonda Lea Byrd and Charles Dewayne Washington

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem businessman was bilked out of $3 million by two former employees, including his bookkeeper, according to indictments handed up Monday and a federal lawsuit filed eight years ago.

The businessman was Bobby Slate, who owns Slate Marketing Inc. and La Casa Real Estate and Investment LLC. The two employees were Rhonda Lea Byrd, 56, of Boulder Court in Davidson County, and Charles Dewayne Washington, 52, of Clement Street in Winston-Salem.

A Forsyth County grand jury on Monday indicted Byrd on five counts of embezzlement, one count of conspiracy and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. Washington was indicted on three counts of embezzlement and one count of conspiracy.

Byrd and Washington are accused of taking money from Slate Marketing and La Casa Real Estate. The indictments allege that Byrd, a bookkeeper and administrative assistant, embezzled money from 1999 to 2008.

Read more: Winston-Salem Journal