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Ex-bookkeeper pleads guilty to theft

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

A Decatur woman who worked as a bookkeeper for a doctor pleaded guilty to first-degree theft and identity theft
in Morgan County Circuit Court.

Sabrina Chasteen Stover, 49, of 2715 King Arthur Court S.W. confessed to embezzling $9,198 from Dr. Roger Moss, authorities said.

Stover took the money by altering checks and obtaining credit cards in Moss' name, authorities said.

Eight months ago police said they believed Stover stole between $10,000 and $100,000 while working at Moss'
office on Somerville Road Southeast.

Police said Stover took cash and checks paid at the office for her personal use.

A Decatur detective said Stover got credit cards in the doctor's name and made herself a co-signer without his permission.

Reportedly she created a $50,000 credit card debt.
She received credit card statements at a post office box, police said.

The detective said Moss suspected that someone was stealing from his medical practice, so he hired a forensic accounting firm to audit his financial records.

After finding multiple discrepancies, the forensic accountants contacted police.

A Decatur police investigation led to Stover's arrest in August.

Stover had worked for Moss for seven or eight years and was a trusted employee, police said.

Stover faces two to 20 years in prison for the theft conviction and one to 10 years for identity theft.

She remains free on bond pending sentencing.

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