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Hurtt charged with embezzling $600,000+

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Jan Thompson

Staff Writer

WEST PLAINS -- A Thayer women is free for the time being after posting a $25,000 bond after she was arrested for allegedly embezzling a large sum of money from a West Plains business.

Mary E. Hurtt, 56, of Thayer was in Howell County Associated Circuit Court April 30 for her preliminary hearing.

Associated Judge Don Henry ruled the case should proceed to circuit court and Hurtt's arraignment was set for May 19.

According to court records, Hurtt allegedly embezzled over $600,000 from White Electric of West Plains while she was employed there.

Court records say she allegedly took the money at different times between Jan. 1, 1998, and June 5, 2007, while she worked as a secretary for White Electric.

Officers with the West Plains Police Department said during their investigation they discovered Hurtt had cashed several White Electric checks at the Wood and Houston Bank in West Plains for cash without permission of the business owner Brian White.

From March 1998, until September, 2005 the report said Hurtt cashed checks in the amount of $593,926 from an employee account. She also cashed checks totaling $64,054 during 2005, and cashed checks in the amount of $53,945 during 2006.

They added they found that she allegedly paid herself two pay checks per week in 2005, each check was for $580.

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