Bank employee arrested after admitting to taking money

Deborah Ranae Fry (Source: Sharp County Jail)
Deborah Ranae Fry (Source: Sharp County Jail)

ASH FLAT, AR (KAIT) – A bank employee in Sharp County was arrested after she reportedly admitted to taking money from her workplace.

Court documents received from the Sharp County Sheriff's Office show a probable cause affidavit was filed for the arrest of Deborah Fry on Wednesday. Fry is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for First National Banking Company.

"A bank employee contacted Arkansas State Police on Sept. 18 regarding a theft from the bank by another employee," said Sharp County Sheriff Mark Count. Bank records for 2012 showed at least $16,000 was missing.

Fry was suspected of taking cash for personal use.

During an interview with an Arkansas State Police Special Agent, Fry admitted to taking money for "several years". She told the officer she did not know how much she took because she did not keep records of the money.

Fry then told the officer she began taking cash from the bank when she received more money than needed during her job. When no one noticed the extra money was gone, Fry said she kept it and began to intentionally take more, according to the affidavit.

The court document also stated Fry hired people to do business at the bank and to complete a survey for a payment of $10. When Fry received the surveys, she would withdraw the money from a designated account and then mail cash payments to the "shoppers".

An analysis of that account was done on Sept. 25 by a bank employee showed $36,555 was "accredited to Fry making the withdrawals and keeping the money." The examination showed the thefts began in 2007 and continued to 2012.

"Fry appeared before a circuit judge yesterday for a first appearance and the warrant was served on her," Count said. "He next court date will be I believe Novemberthe 19th will be a pretrial and then January 6th will be hertrial date."

Counts saysno more arrests will be made in this case. Fry was released without bail.

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