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Zurwell’s Trial Continued
September 3, 2008 - The criminal trial for the former business manager for the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation on felony charges of forgery and theft has been continued once again.
Amanda Zurwell, who worked as CAB's business manager from September 2006 through the middle of January 2007, had been scheduled to stand trial on Aug. 19. According to court records, however, a motion for continuance filed by her attorney has resulted in a new trial date of Dec. 16.
The criminal charges against Zurwell, two Class C felony forgery counts and four counts of Class D felony theft, stem from her brief employment at CAB. She is alleged to have 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 was cashed - and with overpaying herself about $2,300 after taking over payroll duties.
The two forgery counts each carry a maximum sentence of eight years in prison and fines of $10,000. The maximum sentence for each theft count is three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Zurwell pleaded guilty to one count of theft in a Brown County Court on April 28 with respect to a $3,132 check stolen in July 2006 from her employer at the time, Brown County School Corporation. On June 13, she was sentenced to 180 days of home detention, one year of probation and 80 hours of community service for that offense.
Zurwell filed a small claims case against CAB in late April in Henry Superior Court 2. She claims CAB owes her $1,587.03 for "contract salary underpayment, unpaid cell phone stipend, and taxes erroneously held," and she is seeking $86 in court costs.
On May 19, CAB's attorney responded to Zurwell's small claims case by filing a counterclaim against her for $7,281, citing the results of a State Board of Accounts Audit. Originally set for trial on May 29, attorneys for Zurwell and CAB have agreed to continue the small claims with no new date set at this time.
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