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01/28/2013

BULL SHOALS WOMAN ARRESTED ON FORGERY AND THEFT CHARGES

Tammy Marie Rocheleau

     A Bull Shoals woman was arrested this morning on felony forgery and theft charges following an investigation initiated on January 22nd after Gaston’s Resort reported theft of funds from the business.

     The business discovered that an office employee had used a signature name stamp on checks, which she was not authorized to do.  The employee would add or alter different amounts on petty cash tickets, then cash checks to cover those amounts that she used the signature name stamp on.  Another employee discovered what had been going on and reported it to the business owner.  They found that this unlawful activity had been taking place since October, 2011. 

     Sheriff’s Investigators interviewed the employee, identified as 45 year old TAMMY MARIE ROCHELEAU of Bull Shoals.  She admitted to forging the documents and taking money to cover her “bills”.  It was determined that approximately $2,170.00 had been stolen.

     TAMMY MARIE ROCHELEAU was arrested by warrant this morning and booked into the Detention Center on charges of:

     Forgery in the Second Degree – Felony
     Theft of Property - Felony

    She was released on $5,000 bond with an appearance in Circuit Court set for January 31, 2013.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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