Nov 7, 2013 11:24 AM by CPSO press release

Lake Charles woman arrested on 294 counts of forgery

A Lake Charles woman used her position as a bookkeeper to cash more than a quarter-million dollars in checks over three years' time against the business' account, according to police reports.

On Oct. 31, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a call from the owner of the business regarding an employee stealing from the company.

The owner told deputies he checked discrepancies in the company's bank account and discovered between November 2010 and September 2013, Kristin D. Brady, 46, 4326 Ihles Road, Lake Charles, who worked as a bookkeeper for the company, forged the owner's signature to cash over $250,000 worth of checks at a local bank.

CPSO detectives said they reviewed surveillance video from the local bank which captured Brady cashing the forged checks.

An arrest warrant was issued for Brady, and on Nov. 6 she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 294 counts of forgery; and 1 count of theft over $1,500.

Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $100,000.
CPSO Detective John Melton is the lead investigator in this case.



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