A former executive of rock and metal record label Roadrunner has pleaded not guilty to embezzlement charges after being accused of stealing $421,000 from the company over a six-year period.
Sharanda Houser, 35, was fired last year for unrelated reasons before the money was found to be missing.
Roadrunner’s roster includes Slipknot, Kiss, Megadeth, Alter Bridge, Machine Head, Dream Theater, Slash, Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Korn.
Prosecutors for the label say Houser operated a scam by claiming expenses using senior executives’ names and having the payments sent directly to her. They also say she was convicted of stealing $13,000 from another employer in 1999.
Houser denies the charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records at Southern District Court in Manhattan, New York. She says she paid restitution for the offence of 12 years ago. Her lawyer has requested a forensic accounts investigation. Roadrunner have declined to comment on the case.