Employees at the Houston Airport System got the surprise of the day on Tuesday afternoon when officers with the Houston Police Department arrived.
The officers came in with warrants and handcuffs for an employee, 41-year-old Kertecia Mond. She serves as the chief internal auditor for the city's airport system.
Mond, who has been with the Houston Airport System for almost a year, moved to Houston from Jacksonville, Florida, where she served in a similar capacity.
And Florida is where the warrant originated that led to her arrest in Houston. The charges are related to forgery and filing false insurance claims.
Mond is among five employees who allegedly defrauded AFLAC insurance company for short-term disability benefits in 2011, according to an arrest warrant. That was while Mond worked for Jacksonville International Airport.
Investigators say she enriched herself by more than $14,000 in claims she didn't deserve. Detectives in Florida also say Mond is accused of falsifying documentation and changing two physicians' statements to get the disability benefits.
Officials from the Houston Airport System confirm the arrest was carried out by HPD for the Florida Department of Financial Services Fraud division.
Houston Airport Systems spokeswoman Darian Ward released the following statement to FOX 26 News on Wednesday:
We understand Ms. Mond has been ROR- Released on her own recognizance. She did not have to post bail, she will not be extradited and this issue may be resolved soon. The City's legal department will handle the internal investigation and confirm any information with her attorney and the States Attorney's Office.
Certified Public Accountant Bob Martin says while the details are still being sorted out in Mond's case, her professional career may be damaged beyond repair and it could potentially affect the financial books over at the Houston Airport System.
"In light of this will her audits have to be redone? I would say no but at a minimum any decisions that she made in connection with the audit it needs to be reviewed," says Martin.
Ward also says Mond remains an employee of the Houston Airport System and could return to work if this legal issue is cleared.
Marcus Barnett, who represents Mond, says he's certain the charges against
his client will be dropped.
Barnett says Mond was a victim in the insurance fraud scheme and that a former supervisor forged Mond's name on the documents in question.
"We're resolving the case through cooperation with the state," adds Barnett.