Alexi Cashen | Lies, Deceit, and a $1.8 Million Embezzlement


Trust is the foundation of all healthy relationships. 

We all want to trust our employees, family, friends, and coworkers.

But what happens when trust in an employee is taken for granted to the tune of $1.8 Million in embezzled money from the company? Unfortunately for Alexi Cashen, she knows the answer too well. 

Alexi Cashen is the CEO, or she prefers to be known, “Chief Executive Optimist” for Elenteny Imports. A fast-growing multiple-eight figure wine business, Elenteny Imports is dedicated to helping its partners grow in the wine, beer, and spirits industry. 

In this episode, Alexi joins John to share her story of an ex-employee’s embezzlement of her company, how she discovered the scheme, and what she and her company did to survive the ordeal. 

In this episode, we also talk about:

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  • Alexi’s Cautionary Tale of a Bad Employee
  • How Her Employee Embezzlement Scheme Played Out
  • How Alexi Found Out About the Scheme
  • Why People Who Embezzle Usually Don’t Take Vacations
  • The Double Life That Alexi’s Employee Lived
  • What Alexi Would Do Differently
  • How Elenteny Imports Survived the Fallout
  • How Alexi Remains Optimistic Through the Ordeal
  • Running into Her Former Employee in the Bathroom During the Trial
  • Final Words of Wisdom for Other Business Owners
  • Who Alexi Thanks for Her Success

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Episode Transcript

John Corcoran  0:40  

Alright, welcome everybody. My guest on the show is Alexi Cashen, and Alexi is the CEO or she prefers to be known as the Chief Executive Optimist for Elenteny Imports, which is a fast growing multiple-eight figure wine business, but this episode is going to be a little bit different from a lot of the other ones that you’ve heard from me because she has a startling story to share, and it a story she’s only shared with a small circle. Up until this point, mostly her close friends and colleagues to cautionary tale of fraud and deceit but one which every business owner and entrepreneur needs to hear so stay tuned for that 

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My guest is Alexi Cashen she calls herself the Chief Executive Optimist. She spreads the gospel of empathetic customer service and sales panache. She has over 20 years of experience in food and wine. And she has had experience in hospitality, retail, wholesale and supplier positions. She’s worked in Colorado worked in New York City for a variety different companies. She co founded l&t imports back in 2010. It’s a wine importer that services, other wine importers helping them with their back office needs from logistics and order fulfillment, brand compliance, and accounting. 

So Alexi, you know, we connected through an EO Entrepreneurs Organization event that you came and spoke at. And you told a very candid story about a rogue employee will put it that way, a trusted employee that ended up really damaging the business. And so let’s just start where we start. You told the story of hiring this trusted employee who came on who helped your business and where was your business when you brought in this employee? How’s it doing it? Yeah, what stage was this will say?

Alexi Cashen  3:20  

Sure. Thanks very much, John, for having me on your podcast. Yeah, so the tale or this cautionary tale as you as you call it started. Although my business started in 2010. It was circa 2015, where our business had really catapulted, we went from just an infantile startup to, you know, really full fledged business, we were close to cresting $10 million in revenue. And we definitely doubled our employee base, and certainly had added a tremendous amount of new business and customers. And yeah, so we were we were hiring very quickly, probably too quickly. And ultimately, you know, brought somebody into our team that was, you know, a fox in the henhouse, so to speak somebody that had every intention to hurt the business from the get go. And we were completely ill prepared for that.

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