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Woman Arrested After Allegedly Stealing From Real Estate Office

Last updated on Tuesday, June 5, 2012

(BEDFORD) - 52-year-old Sharon Shirley was arrested on Friday on charges of forgery, fraud and theft after she allegedly stole four checks from Jay Donaldson Real Estate.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Shirley forged the names on the checks and took them to State Bank of Medora and cashed them.

Patricia Lutterell, office manager for the real estate office and the executive to Bill Donaldson's estate, told Bedford Police Detectives she discovered that Shirley had taken four checks written from the business account.

Three checks were written to Kevin Bailey and one was written to Gary Luttrell. The checks were identical to checks all ready written to the men for work done for the business.

Shirley allegedly forged Lutterell's signatures on the checks and those of the men and signed her name on the checks and cashed them.

The affidavit did not disclose how much the checks were for.

She is also accused of defrauding the company of a Fashion Bug credit card that she used for her personal use.

According to the probable cause affidavit, after discovering the forged checks, Lutterell confronted Shirley in a serious of text messages where Shirley allegedly admitted to the crime and told Lutterell she would pay the money back and asked that she not report the incidents to police.

Shirley posted a $2,005 cash bond and was released from jail Friday afternoon.

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