Nothing will stop a chick from being basic
Bride, 31, 'used company credit cards to pay for $50,000 luxury wedding'
- La'Reese Darville married husband Darell at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida in June
her company - where her father also works - called police after getting
late payment notices for a credit card they had not used in 2 years
- Investigation found 'she had charged $10,000 in her father's name and $39,000 to other accounts'
- She admitted using the cards 14 times for her wedding - but insisted she had always intended to pay the company back
Daily Mail Reporter
09:01 EST, 28 November 2013
10:48 EST, 28 November 2013
A bride has been arrested for allegedly charging her $50,000 luxury wedding to her employers' credit cards.
Michelle Darville, 31, was jailed on fraud and grand theft charges on
Monday, five months after she married husband Darell at the Seminole
Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
has been accused of charging bills from the wedding to credit cards in
the names of her bosses at a pawn shop - including her father. She only
allegedly had permission to charge $10,000.
began an investigation after one of the owners of Partners III Pawn
Shop in Port St. Lucie received late payment notices for a credit card
the company had not used for two years.
Lavish: La'Reese Darville is pictured with her
husband Darelle at their June wedding at a Florida Hard Rock Casino.
La'Reese has now been arrested for allegedly using her employer's credit
cards to cover the costs
At the store, police spoke with two other owners who said that Darville, their operations manager, takes care of their finances.
company credit card was $10,000 over its limit and another had been
charged $28,000, according to a Port St. Lucie police report, the Palm Beach Post reported.
The charges included payments
to wedding photographers and planners and for renting the casino.
Darville's father, Leroy Felix, said he knew nothing of the charges.
Arrest: She insisted it was a 'huge misunderstanding' and that she intended to pay it back
When quizzed over the payments, Darville
acknowledged using the cards for her wedding but blamed it on her
father, who she claimed had told her to use the credit cards.
Police say the $10,000 charged on her father's
credit card occurred after he gave his permission, but Darville did not have
permission to charge $39,286.24 to other accounts.
to police, she allegedly admitted to using the account 14 times for her
wedding but that she intended on repaying the business in full. She
said she had already paid back more than $17,000 - although she had no
record of it.
taken of the big day reveal lavish touches, from rose petals lining the
aisle and an arch of white flowers showcasing their wedding cake.
Guests watched the ceremony in the casino's grand ballroom before
partying at a reception and dinner that ended at midnight.
was joined by nine bridesmaids wearing pink satin dresses and matching
silver shoes, while her husband and his groomsmen wore matching white
Darville told the Palm Beach Post that the situation had been a huge misunderstanding.
said her father, Leroy Felix, a part owner of the business, gave her
permission for the charges. She said her father had given her with a
credit card number linked to the business.
'Caught': Police went to the business after one
owner received late payment notices for a credit card the company had
not used for two years. It emerged she had charged them nearly $50,000
Wedding: Darville, left with two of her nine
bridesmaids and right with her then-fiance, allegedly admitted to using
the company's credit cards 14 times to make purchases for the wedding
'It's been said, or worded,
that the card was stolen,' Darville said. 'I called. He gave me the
number and (said) use it. I used it and it was being paid back, so I
have no idea what the whole big deal is about, but (certainly) it was a
But local businesses employed for the wedding were less forgiving.
just can’t imagine what was going through her brain that day,' said
their photographer Sara Kauss. 'She should have worked hard and saved up
and then planned this wedding.'
Darville said she recently left the company and is now a stay at-home mother. She has now been released from the St. Lucie County Jail on $,7,500 bail.
Business: She worked at this St Lucie, Florida
pawn shop, where her father also works. She blamed the expenses on her
father, telling police that he had given his permission for her to use