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Former CAB Business Manager's Trial May be Postponed
February 13, 2008 - The Henry County trial of the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation's former business manager on theft and forgery charges, originally set for the end of this month, is expected to be postponed.
Amanda (Harvey) Zurwell, CAB's business manager from September 2006 until her resignation in mid-January 2007, had been scheduled to stand trial Feb. 26 in Henry Superior 1. However, the deputy prosecutor assigned to the case said the trial date will be continued.
According to deputy prosecutor Joe Bergacs, Zurwell's attorney, Scott Sirk, advised the court during a pretrial conference last Thursday that he was still awaiting records he had subpoened. Bergacs said Sirk told the court he would be filing a formal motion asking for a continuance of the Feb. 26 trial date.
When The Banner checked late Tuesday afternoon, court personnel said Sirk's request for a continuance had not been received yet. Once that paperwork is filed, the court will schedule a new trial date.
Zurwell is facing six felony charges in Henry County - two for forgery and four for theft - for crimes she allegedly committed while employed by CAB. Prosecutors claim she forged two CAB checks payable to herself - one for $2,297.19 that was cashed, and one for $2,651.50 that was discovered and voided before it could be cashed - and overpaid herself about $2,300 over four consecutive pay periods starting in early December 2006.
The two forgery charges are Class C felonies that could each bring a maximum of eight years in prison and $10,000 fines. The four theft charges are Class D felonies that each carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Zurwell has also been charged with a single count of theft, a Class D felony, in Brown County for allegedly stealing a $3,132 check in July 2006 from the Brown County School Corporation, her employer at the time. She is expected to plead guilty in that case during a "change of plea" hearing on Monday, April 28.
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