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N. Liberty woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 from her employer

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Peggy Ann Ashby photo from Johnson County Iowa Jail

Police say a North Liberty woman spent nearly every work day of the past 16 months stealing money from her employer.

In all, it reportedly added up to more than $100,000 stolen.

Peggy Ann Ashby, 59, is accused of taking money from her employer’s daily sales and falsifying records to cover her alleged thefts.

“(S)he took cash from her employer’s daily sales intake, falsified deposit records, and forced the deposits to ‘balance’ by substituting other checks written to the business in place of the missing cash,” according to a criminal complaint filed against Ashby in Johnson County Court on Friday, April 4, 2014.

The complaint said Ashby’s scheme started in December 2012 and continued through March 2014.

She’s accused of repeating the thefts “on an almost daily basis,” and the total amount stolen exceeded $100,000.

Court records show Ashby made her first court appearance Monday, April 7, 2014 to face felony charges of first-degree theft and ongoing criminal conduct.  She was held in the Johnson County Jail in lieu of $10, 000 cash-only bond.


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