Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Charges pending in theft of $31k from Bates County Industries

On August 8, 2021 the Bates County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation on a report of fraudulent use of funds at Bates County Industries (BCI).

During an investigation by current Executive Director Donna Maciel it was found that ex-employee Pamela Martin, previous Executive Director, was stealing money, forging board member signatures on payroll checks; opened a credit card in BCI and her name she used for personal use with a balance of $8,524.08; and used other BCI cards for personal use in the amount of $7,130.09. Maciel also stated Martin paid individuals who were not employed by BCI approximately $15,910.92.

During the investigation two of the board members whose signatures were believed to be used were interviewed and stated they did not allow Martin to sign their names on payroll checks and one of them confirmed several of the signatures on the payroll checks were not hers.

On June 8, 2022 Martin was read her Miranda rights and during the following interview confirmed she indeed was Executive Director/CEO of Bates County Industries from October 2007 through the summer of 2021. Martin also acknowledged that she opened a credit card in Bates County Industries and her name. She also admitted using the card for personal use and stated that approximately $9,000.00 was still owed on the card when she resigned.

Martin also admitted signing two board member signatures on payroll checks multiple times, as well as admitting to overpaying the two employees that Maciel says were not employed by BCI.

Approximate loss from all totaled is $31,565.09.

Martin is facing three Felony D counts, along with one Felony C count of stealing, $25,000 or more. She is scheduled for an initial court appearance on December 21, 2022 at 9 am before Bates County Circuit Court Judge Julie Highley-Keutzer.


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