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Woman arrested for embezzlement

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A woman accused of stealing over $9,000 from a local business and destroying computer records was arrested June 30 in Sharp County.

Sherrie Lynn Herlein, 52, of Cherokee Village was charged with theft of property, a Class B felony, and unlawful act regarding a computer, a class A misdemeanor.

According to the probable cause affidavit obtaind from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Chris Mitchell, owner of Towbrake, LLC, told State Police Investigator Wendall Jines he employed Herlein in 2009. She was in charge of managing the business office, which was located in Hardy and moved in 2011 to Highland.

Company records, as well as Herlein's personal banking records, indicate the employee devised a scheme in which she increased her weekly payroll amounts and issued duplicate checks to herself.

The transactions included a total of $9,026.19 in fraudulent payments to herself.

The report also indicates Herlein used the Towbrake's account to pay her electric bill numerous times through online payments.

In addition, numerous transactions made by Herlein still remain in question. There is an undetermined amount of cash missing from the business as well.

Mitchell met with the company's bank on May 6, to check into banking records. He and his business partner reported the suspected thefts.

After planning to meet with Herlein on May 9, to discuss the discrepancies, Mitchell found the keys to the business had been left at Towbrake and business records were missing or damaged on the company computer.

After taking the computer to a repair shop, it was determined records had been intentionally deleted on May 6, the last day of Herlein's employment.

Herlein was arrested June 30 on the charges and posted a $5,000 bond. She is awaiting her first court appearance.

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