County woman charged with stealing money from CVB

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A Carroll County woman remains in jail on a $50,000 bond after being charged with the theft of approximately $8,500 from the Carroll County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Carrollton Police Sergeant Gene Cook said Mary Beth Vance, 43, of 5160 Alliance Rd., Malvern, was arrested Dec. 2 on a warrant issued Nov. 18. She appeared before Carroll County Municipal Judge Gary Willen Dec. 3 where the bond was set. It contains a 10 percent feature, meaning she can be released on a $5,000 cash bond.

Vance is charged with one count of theft, a fourth degree felony (F4), and seven counts of forgery (F5).

Amy Rutledge, director the CVB, said Vance was employed by the CVB for about a year and half.

“She worked here for about six months as the administrative assistant and then took another higher-paying job elsewhere, but stayed on as the bookkeeper for both the CVB and the Chamber of Commerce,” Rutledge said, adding Vance did the bookkeeping work on the weekends.

Rutledge said between July and November 2015 Vance wrote checks to herself out of the CVB account and forged the signature of the treasurer; then cashed them. She said no money is missing from the Chamber of Commerce account.

“We are fortunate we found the discrepancy quickly,” she said. “A complete audit of the books will be done internally by Pat Cooper Accounting of Sherrodsville. The CVB books are audited on a bi-annual basis, which means it might not have been discovered until the next audit. We have already instituted changes in procedures.”

Vance was terminated from the position when the discrepancy was discovered.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Municipal Court.

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