Jay woman arrested on theft, forgery charges

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JAY —   A Jay woman was arrested Tuesday on a felony, Class B, charge of theft and a misdemeanor, Class D, charge of forgery after a Forks road association reported more than $10,000 in checks were written without the association’s knowledge.

Bobbie Dawes, 45,  was arrested on the charges following an investigation by Lt. David St. Laurent of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office which started on April 12,  Sheriff Scott Nichols, said.

Dawes was employed as secretary, treasurer by the Mile 10 Owners Road Association in the town of Forks, located in the county of Somerset, but apparently worked from her home in Jay. 

Police say she forged the association president’s name to checks written out to herself, Nichols said.

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Association members discovered discrepancies in financial statements and since the crime was committed in Franklin County contacted the Sheriff’s Office, he said.

St. Laurent discovered several checks were written from the association to herself with forged signatures. The checks and signature was made out without the association president’s knowledge, he said. 

Several more charges are possible pending a review by the District Attorney’s Office, he said.

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Bobbie Dawes

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