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 Former CAB Manager’s Trial Rescheduled Again

April 9, 2008 - The trial date for Amanda Zurwell, the former Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation business manager facing felony charges for forgeries and thefts allegedly committed during her brief period of employment with CAB, has again been rescheduled.

Zurwell was scheduled to stand trial Tuesday, April 22, in Henry Superior Court 1 on six felony counts - two for forgery and four for theft. A motion recently filed by her attorney seeking a continuance, however, has been granted, resulting in a nearly four-month postponement and a new trial date of Aug. 19.

Hired at the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year, Zurwell worked as CAB's business manager from September 2006 until she resigned in mid-January 2007. At the time of her resignation, Zurwell was being investigated in Brown County about the theft of a $3,132 check from the Brown County School Corporation, her former employer, and questions had arisen about her work at CAB.

After Zurwell resigned at CAB, the Indiana State Board of Accounts did a special audit of the school corporation covering the time she worked there. In its audit report, the SBA said Zurwell had improperly received money or overpaid herself after taking over CAB's payroll duties and that she should repay CAB $7,291.03.

Last April the Henry County Prosecutor's office charged Zurwell with two counts of forgery and four counts of theft. She is alleged to have forged two CAB checks payable to herself after taking over CAB's payroll duties, and to have 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 also ended up being charged in Brown County with a single count of theft, a Class D felony, with respect to the check she allegedly took from BCSC in July 2006. She is expected to plead guilty in that case during a "change of plea" hearing on Monday, April 28.


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