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Embezzlement in Marion Co.: Woman to Pay It Back for Over 30 Years

Woman admits she wrote checks to herself for nearly a half million dollars, and signed the boss's name.

INDIANAPOLIS--Medical bills, student loans and rent can add up. But, you can't take the money from work to pay for it. Heather Kirby, who worked for Mobile Drill, LLC, admitted in court she wrote checks from the company for over $450,000 to herself, over two years to pay for that. Kirby was a senior accountant and was able to cover her tracks for a while. Now that she's been caught, she'll be on probation for eight years and pay the money back at $1,000 a month-for nearly 38 years.

“Small business owners face many challenges, and entrusting an employee to appropriately manage the company’s finances should not be one. Unfortunately, we have seen through the multiple prosecutions of accountants, bookkeepers and other fund managers that the temptation to siphon off company funds cannot be underestimated,” said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.

 “It is imperative that employers report employee theft to hold the offender accountable. Once an individual has been suspected of misappropriating funds but not reported, it may signal a free pass to move on and commit the same crime with other employers.”

The investigation by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Grand Jury Division revealed that from July 2014 through January 19, 2017, a total of 137 Mobile Drill checks were made payable to Kirby totaling $455,344.88. 

In an interview with investigators, Kirby admitted to taking the checks, making them out to herself and forging the signature of Mobile Drill’s president, said a news release from Curry's office.

Kirby’s was senior accountant with Mobile Drill and handled accounts payable, account reconciliations, payroll and was benefits administrator. She was fired in January.

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