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Former CAB Business Manager Zurwell Expected to Plead Guilty
February 6, 2008 - A former business manager for the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation is expected to plead guilty in Brown County rather than stand trial on a charge that she stole more than $3,000 from a former employer.
Amanda (Harvey) Zurwell, who worked as CAB's business manager from September 2006 until she resigned in mid-January 2007, was charged last March with theft of a $3,132 check belonging to the Brown County School Corporation. At the time of the alleged theft, late July 2006, Zurwell was employed as BCSC's treasurer.
According to an affidavit filed with the Brown Circuit Court by a Nashville Police Department officer, the stolen check had been payable to BCSC's then-superintendent and was a refund for a school-related trip the superintendent didn't take. The officer's affidavit says that when questioned in December 2006, Zurwell told the officer she had been going through some personal problems and taken the check and deposited it into her own account to pay some bills.
Zurwell had been scheduled to go to trial on the single count of felony theft this morning. However, Brown County Prosecutor James Oliver told The Banner last week that the matter has been reset for a "change of plea" hearing on Monday, April 28.
The theft charge facing Zurwell in Brown County is a Class D felony that could carry a maximum of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. However, she may be eligible to have her conviction reduced to a Class A misdemeanor by the court, which could result in a suspended sentence or up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine.
In addition to the Brown County case, Zurwell also faces six felony charges in Henry County with respect to crimes she allegedly committed during the four-and-a-half months she worked at CAB. Last April, the Henry County Prosecutor charged Zurwell with two counts of forgery and four counts of theft.
According to papers filed in the Henry Superior Court 1, Zurwell is alleged to have forged two checks payable to herself while working at CAB - one for $2,297.19 that was cashed, and one for $2,651.50 that was discovered by another employee and voided before it could be cashed. She is also alleged to have overpaid herself about $2,300 over four consecutive pay periods beginning in early December 2006.
Zurwell is scheduled to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday for a pretrial conference. The trial date for her Henry County case is presently set for Tuesday, February 26, at 9 a.m.
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