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Woman arrested for embezzling $60,000 from Ash Flat business

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Betty Eve Roork
A Salem woman has been arrested for stealing nearly $60,000 from a local business over a three year period. A bookkeeper found the discrepancies in accounting records.

According to an affidavit for arrest provided by the Sharp County Sheriff's Office, Betty Roork, 34, of Salem was arrested after Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts met with Doug Gill, the owner of Gill's Ready Mix and Backhoe in Ash Flat.

On May 4, Gill told the sheriff of his discovery, that long time employee Roork had been stealing from him over a period of several years.

Gill explained finding tickets that had been voided, while Roork allegedly kept the cash from the transactions.

Roork was the only person responsible for revenue coming into the business and the only person with access to the computer where business transactions were recorded.

Gill told the sheriff the first instance of theft occurred in 2009, when he discovered Roork had charged nearly $10,000 on his credit card to buy a swimming pool and other personal items.

When confronted, she confessed and Gill said he made arrangements for her to pay the money back, of which she paid $6,500, before quitting her job March 10, after being reprimanded for cell phone use during work.

Bookkeeper Peggy Williams then began surveying the previous four years of records to determine an accurate amount of money missing from the company.

On May 9, Counts and Chief Deputy David Huffmaster met with Gill and Williams.

Williams made the determination that $56,741.43 was missing from the company.

She said on two different occasions, Roork made out deposit slips showing cash and made a second slip leaving the cash off the deposit.

The deposits with the cash left off were the ones taken to the bank. Roork also put receipts in the computer that were posted to sales accounts and not deposited.

Williams supplied the sheriff's office with a breakdown of money missing from the altered tickets, along with missing deposits and a breakdown of items charged on the credit card.

On May 10, Counts and Huffmaster met with Roork about the allegations.

Roork told officials she paid Gill back the money she charged on the credit cards.

When confronted about the deposit slips she had written with the cash missing, Roork said Gill had made her do it, because he was trying to hide cash.

Huffmaster then asked Roork why Gill would leave a paper trail if this allegation were true.

Roork denied taking any money, except for the credit card charges.

Counts said that, although she denied the charges, throughout the course of the interview Roork continued to ask what she could do to make things right and how much money needed to be paid back.

Roork was arrested and charged with theft of property, a Class B felony.

Her first appearance is set for June 28 in Sharp County Circuit Court.

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can you belive this!

Roork and her husband are in charge of the livestock at the fulton county fair.

over the past 2 years my kids, which show animals at the fulton county fair and the north central distric fair, had entry fees coming up not paid for on their fair enties.

they had paid the entries in cash to Ms.Roork at the fair, then when the kids got their checks from fair they were charged again for the entries.

we contacted Ms. Louis about the charge for the supposed non-payment on the entry fees, and were told by Ms. Louis that she doubted they were paid as Ms. Roork would have entered the entries as paid for.

well, to make a long story short, my kids were double charged on entry fees for the fairs, and lost around $130.

what a good way to show 4-h arkansas youth how to be honest!!!

i doubt our kids will be showing animals at the fulton county fair this year if Mr. and Ms. Micheal Roork are in charge of anything to do with the fair this year.

Mr. Roork is just as much to blame, as he too probably benifited from Ms. Roork's sticky fingers!

-- Posted by sentinel on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 12:38 PM

She's actually kinda pretty. Gonna make a great girlfriend in the ADC.

-- Posted by hogwild67 on Wed, Jun 29, 2011, at 9:07 PM

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