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Ex-worker faces theft charge
Accused of embezzling $12K from schools
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Forsyth County News
An arrest warrant has been issued for a 60-year-old woman suspected of embezzling about $12,000 from the Forsyth County Board of Education.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report, Doris Lane Bowden has been accused of depositing checks made to the board into her own bank account.

Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said authorities have a warrant to arrest Bowden on one count of theft by taking, but have not been able to contact her.

He said authorities have recovered $7,000 of the missing $12,000.

“We’re working with the board of education’s finance department to determine if there are any other amounts missing,” said Moss, adding that they are also checking financial records.

He said Bowden may not realize authorities are looking for her.  

Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the local school district, said Bowden was terminated July 8.

She had worked for the school system since February 2002, when she was hired as a receptionist in the facilities operations department.

“We are working with local law enforcement throughout the investigation,” Carac-ciolo said.

She declined to comment further, noting that it was a personnel matter.

Dan Jones, the district’s chief financial officer, brought the matter to authorities July 8.

According to the sheriff’s report, Jones told deputies Bank of America had notified him that Bowden was depositing payment and refund checks made out to the board into her personal account.

“He confronted her and she stated she made the deposits by mistake with her other personal transactions,” the report said.

It goes on to say Bowden was fired and told the matter would be turned over to law enforcement.