Bookkeeper Charged with Theft

By KBJR News 1

Bookkeeper Charged with Theft

March 28, 2012 Updated Mar 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM CDT

(Northland's NewsCenter) -- According to the Sawyer County Record, charges have been filed against a former Bender Machine Works bookkeeper after she was accused of taking more than $10,000 in a buisness setting and felony falsification of buisness records.

64-year-old Charlene M. Murdock of Hayward, was accused of using company funds for personal expenses, including a $281 veterinary bill for surgery for her dog, property tax payments on her home, car insurance for her husband's vehicle and university housing bills for her son, the Sawyer County Record reports.

In an investigative report, Detective Michael Jaszczak of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said the company's general manager discovered Murdock converting the money to her own use.

Det. Jaszczak determined Murdock wrote company checks to the company's bank and entered a fraud signature, purchased a money order and sent the money to pay personal bills, the Sawyer County Record reports.

The maximum penalty is convicted on the theft charge would be a $25,000 fine, 10 years in prison or both and on the fraudulent writing could be a $10,000 fine, six years in prison or both.

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