Woman admits stealing employer’s checkbook, buying ‘school supplies and stuff’

A Mountain Home woman pled guilty to stealing a book of checks from a residence where she worked as a housekeeper during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.Twenty-eight-year-old Sharon Lynn Bennett admitted she took the checks, forged two of them, passed one at a local retailer and made an unsuccessful effort to pass another allegedly to buy “school supplies and stuff.”

Bennett was put on probation for three years and ordered to pay restitution of slightly more than $720.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Bennett had worked at the victim’s house in early August last year shortly before the theft of the checks was noticed.

Video surveillance at the retail store showed Bennett attempting to pass a check for $990 on Aug. 5, 2018. The check was denied due to insufficient funds and left the store.

Investigators also discovered Bennett had successfully passed a forged check at the same business for almost $730.

Bennett was sentenced under the provisions of Act 346, the first offenders law, meaning if she stays out of trouble during her probation, she can petition the court to have her record sealed.

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