Cartersville woman accused of forging, cashing checks totaling $585,000

A 39-year-old Cartersville woman has been arrested for allegedly taking at least $585,000 from her employer, police said Wednesday.

The suspect, identified as Jennifer Streetman, had been the office manager at Telenet Systems in Cartersville for 17 years, according to a Cartersville Police Department press release. She turned herself in Tuesday morning.

Streetman allegedly printed company checks in her name and then cashed them without her employer’s permission, Capt. Mark Camp of the Cartersville Police Department said.

The suspect allegedly recreated invoices that were already paid, and printed checks that listed her as the payee for the invoice amount, police said. The scheme was discovered when Streetman recreated an invoice that had not yet been paid.

The company’s owner, Chadwick Wilson, first reported to police that he discovered on Feb. 19 that Streetman had forged and cashed 35 checks worth $92,000 payable to herself since June 2012, according to a police report. However, Camp said the dollar amount has risen to about $585,000 and may continue rising.

Streetman is charged with 15 counts of theft by conversion, and additional charges are forthcoming, Camp said.

After reporting the alleged forgeries, Wilson was advised to file affidavits with the bank and close the account, according to the report.

An investigation is ongoing. Streetman is in the Bartow County Jail.

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