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Over $100,000 Stolen From Co-op

A Beatrice woman is facing felony theft charges after police say she misappropriated more than $100,000 from a local business.

Jodi R. Dewey of Beatrice is charged with unauthorized use of a financial transaction device ($1,500 or more) and theft by unlawful taking ($1,500 or more), both of which are Class IV felonies. Dewey allegedly misappropriated over $100,000 from previous employer Farmers Co-op/Cenex Beatrice Branch.

Officials with Farmers Co-op/Cenex found discrepancies in several business accounts totaling $113,844. Discrepancies were found by an audit done in May. Following the audit, paper and computer records were given to the Beatrice Police Department, who started an official investigation.

The investigation found several instances of company funds misuse. The instances included the writing of Farmers Co-op checks or using the company bank account for personal items. Personal items allegedly include retail items, restaurant bills, and cleaning services.

In addition law enforcement officials alledge that cash and other items were taken from the Farmers Co-op/Cenex convenience store and misappropriations were committed by writing and signing the checks and transfers from Farmers Cooperative accounts. Dewey was responsible for those accounts at that time.

Dewey is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Gage County Court on Oct. 7.

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