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Former bookkeeper must make monthly restitution payments

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

A woman who stole thousands from a doctor for whom she worked must pay $300 a month in restitution.

Sabrina Chasteen Stover made the first payment in September, court records show.

Stover, 50, formerly of Decatur, pleaded guilty to first-degree theft by deception and identity theft in April in Morgan County Circuit Court.

In July, Circuit Judge Steve Haddock sentenced her to four years for each conviction, but suspended the sentences and placed her on probation for five years.

Must pay $181,185.16

At the time he ordered her to pay $181,185.16 in restitution to Dr. Roger Moss.

The amount includes interest at a rate of 12 percent. Stover must pay the theft debt in full by July 8, 2012, according to court records.

Stover's court file shows that she now lives in Fairhope and works for Eastern Shore Medical Specialists.

Her file also shows that after she left Moss' office she went to work for Dr. William Wilson before moving to Fairhope.

Stover began working for Moss in 1998. Police arrested her Aug. 10, 2006. In addition to stealing cash, authorities said, Stover used Moss' credit card and obtained others in his name without his permission. She had the cards and monthly statements for them come to a post office box, according to records.

Moss suspected that someone was stealing from his practice, so he got a forensic accounting firm to audit his financial records, authorities said.

Accountants contacted police after they found numerous discrepancies in the records. Decatur police detectives and federal postal authorities became involved to build the cases against Stover.

Police said they subpoenaed all bank records in Stover's and her husband's names, and anyone affiliated with her. They also evaluated her assets, including her home and other property.

Stover did not make any big-ticket purchases with the stolen money, but she did take a couple of vacations, authorities said.

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