On March 6, 2013, investigators with the Walton County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) began an investigation into an embezzlement complaint.
According to the complaint filed with WCSO, Wesley Allen Shelton, 36, of Santa Rosa Beach, was an employee working for Sandcastle Escapes between 4/23/10 through 4/25/12. During his time of employment, evidence was gathered to show Shelton had engaged in a scheme to defraud, by periodically writing several checks to himself from the business account of Sandcastle Escapes totaling $24,945. It was discovered that Shelton had no legitimate reason to write checks to himself.
Investigators with the WCSO applied for an arrest warrant and on 5/1/13, Shelton was arrested and charged with Engaging in a Scheme to Defraud (a second degree felony) and Grand Theft over $20,000 (also a second degree felony). Shelton was booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections with a bond amount of $25,000.