A Casper woman was arrested and made her initial appearance in court on Thursday morning. Judge H. Steven Brown said that the suspect faced three felony charges of Forgery and four charges of felony Theft.
32-year-old Amanda Dawn Stevens was arrested during the afternoon hours of December 5th, 2018.
Police say in an affidavit filed in the case, that Stevens was accused by her employer of writing several unauthorized checks on the company account. Stevens was said to be an office manager for a local car dealership, and was authorized to write checks, on the company account, only for business purchases.
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The owner of the dealership told officers that they first suspected Stevens was using the company account for personal reasons, when she was asked to cash a check for a company party. The amount of $5,400 was requested, but it is alleged that a check was made out for $7,000.
The money was delivered to the owner, who said there was only $4,400 in the bank bag. The dealership owner said that that Stevens said that the bank must have shorted the bag, said she would take care of it, and then later returned with one-thousand dollars.
The dealership owner called the bank and said he noted the discrepancy between the amount that hand been requested, $5,400, and the amount that the check was made out for, $7,000.
After an investigation by the dealership, they identified three other checks that they believed contained forged co-signatures of managers, that had been made out for cash.
The total amount of the three checks was $14,000.
Stevens also is accused of taking money from a cash transaction that occurred at the dealership, in the amount of $500.
Employees of the dealership allege that Stevens admitted to taking money from the dealership. This admission was echoed to police.
In the affidavit, Stevens is said to have told officers that she wrote a check for $7,000, and kept some of it to pay bills. She also admitted to foreign one check in the amount of $5,000.
Stevens did, however, deny writing of two other checks, for $3,000 and $6,000, respectively.
Stevens was arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further incident.
ll of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.
During her initial appearance on December 6th, Stevens’ bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.