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Woman charged in theft from firm
Authorities: At least $130K missing


A Forsyth County woman has been accused of taking at least $130,000 from her former employer.

Karalee Sciukas, 59, of Edisto Lane has been charged by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office with felony theft by taking.

Sheriff's Investigator Paige Turpen said Sciukas had worked as the comptroller for Engineered Architectural Systems of McFarland Parkway from 2004-10.

Turpen said the suspect's employer alerted authorities after discovering the money was missing while Sciukas was taking some time off.

"She had complete control and signing authority of the books," Turpen said.

The investigator said it appears Sciukas had gradually taken the money over the six years she worked there.

She had reportedly written herself checks and paid her personal credit card bills with the company's money.

The case remains under investigation, Turpen said.

Sciukas turned herself in at the Forsyth County Detention Center on March 8. She was released the next day after posting $5,610 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.