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Armour bookkeeper charged with grand theft, forgery for alleged check fraud in excess of $100,000

Mitchell Republic

ARMOUR, S.D. — A state investigation alleges that a former bookkeeper at Bob’s Farm Service wrote counterfeit checks to herself that far exceeded her salary, totaling more than $100,000 in losses.

Using her access to the company's books, documents from the state investigation allege that Kelli Jones, 44, rewrote many of her payroll checks to be higher than her actual pay, as well as forged checks while her employer was out of town, over a period of more than two years.

She has since been charged with three felony counts — one for grand theft and two for forgery. The investigation revealed that Jones had allegedly written 36 checks to herself using her employer's name through a variety of ways, leading to the forgery charge.


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