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Merced payroll clerk charged with embezzlement

POSTED February 4, 2011 9:16 p.m.

A Merced woman is facing embezzlement charges on allegations she issued herself phony paychecks totaling more than $350,000.

Beverly Roan, 58, was booked into Merced County Jail on charges of embezzlement and passing fictitious checks, said Merced County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.

The investigation into Roan was initiated after the farming company that employs her as a payroll clerk brought their concerns to the sheriff’s investigators. The sheriff’s department did not release the name of the farm company.

According to the sheriff’s department, Roan created six fictitious workers in order to get payroll checks cut to them from the company. She would withhold the checks when it came time for the boss to sign them, then would forge his signature and take them to a small market in Chowchilla where she would cash them, MacKenzie said.

Roan had been employed with the company since 2001 and investigators believe she had been issuing the false checks since 2006. Over the four year period, Roan is suspected of stealing $354,000 which she would take to Chukchansi Casino where she would spend the money and receive comps. Roan confessed to stealing the funds, MacKenzie said.

The alleged theft was discovered when the company had to re-issue checks while Roan was off from work and when they could not find the personnel to give them their checks, they checked the employee records and discovered the false names and that all the checks issued to the fake names were done while Roan was responsible for issuing payroll.

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