Sentencing Scheduled For Woman Charged With Stealing Over $85,000 From Business

COLUMBUS – A sentencing date has been set for a woman charged with stealing over $85,000 from a Columbus business.

An arrest affidavit states that Paul Mausbach, owner of Clarkson TV & Appliance, told a Columbus Police officer on March 17 that 45-year-old Jennifer Held had written a large number of unauthorized checks to herself through his business account that were not Held’s regular payroll checks. Upon the officer having contact with Held, she admitted that she had been writing herself extra checks.

Held told the officer that she had no idea as to how much she had taken from the business, and that she used the money to pay bills she needed to pay. Held said that she did not receive enough money at her job to cover her bills.

The officer calculated that $86,808 was taken from Clarkson TV & Appliance between April 3, 2015 and March 17, 2018. Held originally faced five felony charges, but four counts have since been dropped.

Held is currently charged with theft by deception in excess of $5,000, a Class 2A Felony. A hearing in the Platte County District Court has been scheduled for December 27 at 10:00 AM, with sentencing set for December 28 at 11:00 AM.

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