DeKalb couple charged with stealing soda money

A DeKalb County woman bilked a local drink company of about $150,000 over a 16-month period, prosecutors say.

And her husband, an assistant basketball coach at Marist School in northeast Atlanta, has been accused as an accomplice.

Pauline Erica Berry-Hall was indicted this week by a DeKalb County grand jury on charges of identity fraud, first-degree forgery and theft by deception.

Her husband Emmett Hall was charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

Prosecutors say Berry-Hall was an account and logistics manager for Monarch Beverages, where she was responsible for accounts payable, managing customer payments and preparing payments for the company chief operations officer and operations director to sign.

According to the indictment, Berry-Hall opened an unauthorized American Express card in the company’s name that she used for personal expenses between June 2010 and October 2011.

Prosecutors said she also used a legitimate credit card for unauthorized purposes, and to forward money to her husband’s PayPal account.

Hall, in turn, transferred the money to his personal checking account, according to the indictment.

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