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Office Manager of Burley Business Charged with Grand Theft

May 20, 2014

By Laurie Welch, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho

May 20--BURLEY -- A woman who worked as an office manager at Kodiak Northwest in Burley has been charged with five counts of grand theft and four counts of forgery.

Marissa Angelica Munoz, 26, of Rupert, was charged after the company's accountant discovered forged company checks, timecards that were altered and a company loan Munoz allegedly took out in another employee's name.

According to court records, the company's accountant discovered three forged checks totaling $1,100 made out to Munoz. The accountant also discovered that Munoz -- who had access to checks, payroll and timecards -- had overpaid herself in the amount of $1,070.52 by allegedly altering her timecards. Munoz also allegedly took out a $300 company loan in the name of a fellow employee.

The thefts allegedly occurred from Aug. 6 through Nov. 13, police say. Charges were filed on April 16 and the case was unsealed on May 9. Munoz posted a $20,000 bond on May 13.

The a preliminary hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. Friday in Cassia County Magistrate Court.

According to court records, after the company owners confronted Munoz about the forged checks, she admitted to forging them saying she needed the money for medical bills. The owners also confronted her about the falsified timecards and Munoz signed a statement for the company owners admitting to the theft.

The owners were also going to confront Munoz about the loan, but she never came back to work and they were not able to reach her, court records say.


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