Former Yute Commuter Services business manager sued for embezzlement

Blue ticket counters with the logo "Yute Air"'
A row of Yute ticket counters (Dean Swope / KYUK)

Yute Commuter Service is suing its former business manager for allegedly embezzling company funds to pay for personal expenses, pay raises and bonuses. 

Wade Renfro co-owns Yute Commuter Service, and first spotted unusual spending on the company credit card in June 2020, according to attorney Myron Angstman. Angstman is representing Yute in the lawsuit against former Yute business manager Nathan McCabe. McCabe also managed another Bethel business for Renfo: Riverside Apartments.

Renfro confronted McCabe about the charges while McCabe was in Anchorage at the time. By the end of the month, McCabe resigned from his position as business manager.

The complaint, filed Sept. 22, alleges that McCabe used company bank accounts and credit cards for personal expenses, such as paying his rent and giving himself pay raises, bonuses and reimbursements, as well as inflating the compensation of another employee. 

The lawsuit includes two other people related to McCabe who allegedly benefited from his misuse of those funds: his wife, Christina Smith, and a relative of McCabe’s, Jose Loanzo Meija, who worked at Riverside Apartments.

Angstman, the attorney, said that it took him and his clients a while to gather the information needed to file the lawsuit. They had to go over credit card statements and bank account histories.

McCabe started working at Yute and Riverside in 2017 as an assistant business manager, and was promoted to business manager in 2019. The lawsuit is seeking $100,000 in damages, but Angstman said that the amount McCabe allegedly embezzled could exceed that amount. 

So far, no criminal charges have been filed against McCabe. 

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