MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The finance manager at a Memphis auto dealer is accused of stealing customers’ cash payments last year.

Richard Parrish, 48, is charged with theft of more than $10,000. The charges came after an investigation into missing funds by his employer, Chuck Hutton Chevrolet on Mt. Moriah.

The general manager of the dealership told police that a customer had made a $12,500 cash down payment on a vehicle last year. When the money couldn’t be accounted for, they questioned Parrish.

Richard Parrish

Days later, Parrish allegedly presented the dealership with a bank check for $12,000, telling them it was the missing down payment. But the dealership became suspicious because the payment was supposed to have been in cash.

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The dealership said it contacted two more customers, who told them they made cash down payments of $9,000 and $1,000. They said they had been provided handwritten receipts by Parrish.

Parrish was released from jail with no bond and faces a court hearing Thursday.

A Chuck Hutton representative said the company had no comment on the ongoing investigation.