Missouri woman accused of taking more than $240K from employer

Ste. Gen. woman accused of stealing money from employer

STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A woman is facing charges of fraud for allegedly taking more than $240,000 from her employer.

According to court documents, Kala M. Childress was hired in May 2017 at an excavating company in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. and her employment was terminated in December 2018. She was the administrative clerk for the company and was responsible for overseeing credit card accounts belonging to the company and used by its employees.

The documents state Childress was responsible for checking the company’s credit card statements for charges and reconciling charges with receipts for such charges and coding the account charges to jobs, projects and work performed by the company and entering the information into the company’s accounting system.

Starting around July 2017 and continuing through December 2018, Childress allegedly directed payments from her employer’s bank credit cards to her personal account or accounts controlled by her, including PayPal accounts owned by her in Las Vegas, Nevada. These charges totaled more than $240,000.

Childress will appear in federal court in Cape Girardeau on Friday, February 15.

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