Accountant Accused in Million Dollar Fraud Case

LARGO (970 WFLA) -- An accountant is accused of a potential "million dollar crime" in Largo. 

Police say 51 year old Christopher McGowan took at least $800,000 from a company called "Business Card Express" over the past seven years. Detectives think he may also have stolen another $200 thousand from his firm... where he's worked as comptroller since 2002... but they're still compiling records.

Police tell us McGowan fraudulently opened an American Express card in the company's name and paid it off with funds from the company's business account at Bank of America. They say McGowan also changed the payroll deductions on his own check, to add to the company's losses. 

Detectives say McGowan admitted to the fraud after being read his Miranda rights. 

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