Former bookkeeper charged with embezzling $102,300 from C.O.D. |

Former bookkeeper charged with embezzling $102,300 from C.O.D.

by Sharon Carter

The former bookkeeper for the venerable C.O.D. Garage and Motor Co. in Minden stands accused of skimming more than $102,000 in cash from the business over a three-year time span.

According to a report at the East Fork Township Justice Court, Julie Lynn Theall, 39, had worked at the garage for more than nine years at the time of her termination last year. Theall, who earned $1,300 per month, was responsible for collecting money from the company’s various departments, documenting transactions, filing invoices and depositing all the money collected into the business’ bank accounts. During the period of her employment at C.O.D., Theall answered only to business owner Don Hellwinkel.

According to the report, from Jan. 4, 1994 to Feb. 8, 1997, the woman allegedly helped herself 285 times to the C.O.D.’s cash receipts, taking a total of $102,291.05.

Theall allegedly “deposited all checks collected by the business, but (deposits of) the cash collected showed large discrepancies,” the report says.

Theall, a Carson City resident, had worked as the company’s sole bookkeeper since Nov. 5, 1987. According to the report, she allegedly kept both the business and customers’ records current, filing most of the paperwork right away. Records of certain cash transactions, she allegedly kept separate for longer periods of time, but eventually filed those properly as well.

In a criminal complaint dated Aug. 18, 1998, Theall was charged with embezzlement, grand larceny and theft, all felonies. A hearing on the charges is scheduled for Oct. 14 in East Fork Justice Court.

Theall is currently free on her own recognizance. If the case against her goes forward, it will be assigned to the district court system, which handles all felony proceedings.

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