Jonesboro woman accused of stealing from employer to pay her credit card bills

Jonesboro woman accused of stealing from employer to pay her credit card bills

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police say a Jonesboro woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her employers wrote a letter apologizing for the theft.

District Court Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause Tuesday, Sept. 8, to charge Katrina Mae Cottingham, 40, with theft of $25,000 or more from a building.

According to court documents, Cottingham stole $32,201.38 from her employer, Caubble Stone & Brick Company of Jonesboro.

Cottingham worked as the company's bookkeeper from January 2013 through August of this year.

During that time, according to the affidavit, she had access to all of the company's financial records and bank accounts.

Kenneth Caubble told Jonesboro police the company's accountant alerted him to a "significant loss" in their checking account.

"Upon further examination, they found that money had been withdrawn to pay credit cards" in Cottingham's name on several occasions, the affidavit said.

Most of the loss occurred between February and August of this year.

When questioned by police, the court documents stated Cottingham "admitted to withdrawing money from the account to pay on two different credit cards that she personally owned."

Detective Mike Branscum said Cottingham wrote a letter to the owners admitting the theft and apologizing for it.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to 5-20 years in prison and fined up to $15,000.

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