Woman accused of wrongly cashing company checks

Woman accused of wrongly cashing company checks
Traci Ellington (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A woman faces a theft charge after her former employer said she cashed checks and used a card after she was fired.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Traci Ellington's former employer said he fired her in June 2016 after he discovered she cashed several company checks.

"Complainant would leave town for weeks at a time and would sign company checks to be used for supplies as needed," the affidavit said.

According to the court document, Ellington made the checks out to cash. She also wrote checks to herself, cashed them and did not log them into the company's financial records, the affidavit claimed.

In total, Ellington is accused of wrongly cashing $9,000 in cash.

While investigating, the company learned Ellington used another person's company fuel card and ID number to buy fuel and other items on a company credit card without authorization.

According to investigators, Ellington "admitted to cashing the checks and using the card, but she stated that she had been authorized to do so by the office manager, and company owner."

Ellington reportedly used the card, according to court records, several times after she was fired.

A judge on Tuesday found probable cause to charge Ellington with theft over $5,000 but less than $25,000 and fraudulent use of a credit card value over $5,000 but less than $25,000.

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