House cleaner accused of cleaning out man's bank account

House cleaner accused of cleaning out man's bank account

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - For years Sandra Gale Harvey has cleaned house for a 74-year-old Bay man.

During that time, police say she also cleaned out his bank account.

Harvey, 61, of Jonesboro is charged with second degree forgery and theft of $25,000 or more, both felonies.

According to court documents and police reports, Harvey is accused of stealing $395,225 from her employer over the span of 8 years. Due to the statute of limitations, however, the total loss over the past 36 months was set at $153,081.

The victim told police on May 12 that Harvey has cleaned his house on a regular basis since 2007 until she abruptly quit.

Recently the victim was notified by his bank "that there might be a problem," the affidavit said.

It was then the man learned that several checks had been forged on the man's farm account and cashed without his knowledge or authorization.

Most of the checks were made out in Harvey's name, court documents revealed.

The victim and his bank added up all of the forged checks and reported the following losses:

  • 2007:  $2,330
  • 2008:  $15,714
  • 2009:  $38,250
  • 2010:  $51,257
  • 2011:  $55,121
  • 2012:  $79,472
  • 2013:  $86,950
  • 2014 and 2015:  $66,131

The victim then compared the checking statements he received from the bank with the original bank records, the arrest report stated, and discovered the statements had been altered to prevent the victim from seeing the forged checks.

"It appeared the suspect was intercepting the statements and whiting out the forged checks and check images from the statements," the report said.

On Friday a detective contacted Harvey at her apartment in the 4200-block of Sidney Cove. Her husband then took her to the police department for an interview.

During the interview, Harvey "admitted to writing all of the checks in question and also admitted altering the bank statements to prevent the victim from knowing anything was going on," the arrest report said.

Harvey also reportedly said "she wanted to kill herself and would attempt to do that if…released from custody." In addition to the felony charge, she was also charged with drunk, insane and disorderly.

She was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.

She appeared in court Monday for a probable cause hearing, where her bond was set at $25,000.

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