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Dexter woman faces 60 felony counts for $315,000 worth of forged checks
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter, Mo., woman charged with forgery and stealing felonies earlier this month is now facing more than 60 felony counts.
Kathy Ellsworth, 48, is accused of forging 41 checks totaling more than $315,000. Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver declined to comment on the case when asked whether that was believed to be the final amount.
According to the probable-cause affidavit filed in a Stoddard County courtroom by sheriff's deputy Hank Trout, the money was allegedly taken from Dec. 10, 2009, to Nov. 14, 2011.
The report alleges that Ellsworth, employed as a bookkeeper by the theft victim, forged the victim's signature on business checks. Trout went on to say in the affidavit that all of the checks Ellsworth wrote on the account were made payable to her husband. She allegedly forged her husband's name on the checks to deposit them into her bank account. The check amounts ranged from $1,383 to $9,846.
There is no indication in the filed reports that Ellsworth's husband was aware of what had transpired.
Ellsworth was being held Friday in the Stoddard County Jail in lieu of a $130,000 cash-only bond.