A Bountiful woman pleaded not guilty in 2nd District Court to five charges of forgery and theft by deception in the theft of more than $100,000 over a six-year period from a Centerville steel firm.
Carol G. Jones, 39, 820 E. Fifth South, pleaded not guilty to the five charges, all second-degree felonies, and is scheduled for trial July 20.Jones worked as bookkeeper and in accounts payable at Syro Steel from 1977 to 1987, according to court records. The theft by deception charge states that between 1981 and 1987 Jones diverted "in excess of $100,000" from the steel company to her own use.
Jones is charged with forging a check for $1,320 on May 12, 1986; for $2,337.12 on Oct. 8, 1986; for $2,500 on Nov. 24, 1986; and for $982.57 on Dec. 10, 1986.
According to a statement by Centerville Police detective Russell Furse, the checks were made out to different persons or firms than the ones listed on the company's check register and then deposited in Jones' personal savings account.
Furse also charges in his court statement that Jones used a rubber stamp of a steel company executive's signature to sign or endorse checks, then diverted the funds to cash or her own account.
All five charges are second-degree felonies, which carry a prison term of 1 to 15 years and fine of up to $10,000. A court-appointed defense attorney was named to represent Jones, who said she cannot afford a lawyer.