An Indiana woman is facing charges for allegedly embezzling more than $100,000 from her employer.

The 59-year-old woman, who lives in Granger, Indiana, is alleged to have stolen the money from the business where she worked as the office manager by writing checks made out to herself and forging the authorized signature.

The first charge of embezzlement in excess of $100,000 is a felony that could bring a 20-year prison sentence. She also faces three charges of uttering and publishing, which is a felony punishable by 14 years in prison. Uttering and publishing relates to forgery.

Timeline of events

The woman is alleged to have embezzled the money from late November 2018 to January 2020. Officials at the business uncovered the alleged crime on Feb. 12 and contacted authorities. When the woman got to work that day, police were on site. Upon questioning, she admitted that she needed money and wrote herself an additional paycheck “a few times” to help herself out.

She started her job in November 2018. A police report shows that she actually wrote 186 checks that came to nearly $119,000 in all.

The woman was arraigned and posted a $5,000 bond. She is due in court on June 11 for a preliminary hearing.

This woman’s guilt or innocence will be determined after the case goes through the court system. But, in general, white collar charges such as embezzlement are serious and carry serious penalties, and they aren’t victimless crimes as some people believe them to be. Anyone charged in a white collar case should seek legal representation immediately.