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Woman arrested for fraud after stealing $21.9K from her south Forsyth employer
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Nichole Henson. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

SOUTH FORSYTH -- A Cumming woman was arrested for reportedly stealing more than $20,000 from her Forsyth County employer, U.S. South Plumbing Inc.

Nichole Henson, 31, was booked into the Forsyth County Jail on Saturday, Oct. 8 for theft by taking, financial transaction card theft and financial transaction card fraud after completing a lengthy investigation into the matter, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The sheriff’s office first received notification of the employee-related theft Sept. 15 and opened a criminal investigation into the accusations, Cpl. Pete Saballa said in the release.

The fraud reportedly went on for nearly a year, from Dec. 2015 to Sept. 2016, but was only reported after the owner, Martin Kesterson, realized Henson had forged his signature on company checks and made them out to herself, according to an incident report.

The check values were all less than $1,500 each, but Henson reportedly forged 29 checks for a total of $21,935.91.

Henson has since posted a $16,830.00 bond.