Sikeston woman denies allegations she stole from employer

Kimberly Marie Hodge, 33 of Sikeston (Source: Miner Police Department)
Kimberly Marie Hodge, 33 of Sikeston (Source: Miner Police Department)

MINER, MO (KFVS) - Police in Miner have arrested a Sikeston woman charged with stealing from her employer.

Kimberly Marie Hodge, 33, of Sikeston is charged with a class B felony of stealing, with a bond set at $5,000 cash only.

According to Hodge's attorney, James M. McClellan, "Ms. Hodge vehemently denies the allegations against her. I have known Kim for many years. she is a kind and good person. It is a shame she is being crucified by the local media for a crime she did not commit."

Officers from the Miner Police Department were called to investigate allegations of an employee theft from Heartland Wood Products, Inc.

When police arrived they spoke to the CEO of the company, and records show that an employee allegedly stole money from the business, according to Chief Chris Griggs.

Investigators say after reviewing the documents and information received,  it showed the employee stole around $115,000 from the business over several weeks.

Hodge was arrested for stealing and a warrant was issued for her arrest by Scott County Prosecutors Office, according to Griggs.

However, Hodge's attorney disagrees with the charges.

"Any and all checks written by her were authorized by the CEO of Heartland Wood Products," said McClellan. A large portion of the checks written were to the local Wal-Mart for office and plant supplies and equipment for the business, as directed by management, for a period in excess of 2 years."

Hodge's attorney adds, "Ms. Hodge is confident that she will be exonerated of the charge against her upon further investigation of the matter, which may include investigations by federal agencies."

Police say they continue to investigate, as more information will surface.

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