Cops: Bookkeeper stole $250,000
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – An arrest warrant has been issued for a Silt woman who is suspected of embezzling more than $250,000 from her employer. Cheryl Lynn Dunlap, 45, is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. today in 9th District Court to face charges of theft and forgery, both felonies. Dunlap’s bond was set at $10,000 in the warrant, but according to Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson, Dunlap was not yet arrested as of Tuesday afternoon. Dunlap worked as a bookkeeper for John Traul Orthodontics in Glenwood Springs for 10 years, and she is accused of writing 111 bogus company checks to herself from April 1999 through February 2004, totaling $252,087.62, the arrest affidavit said. Traul first discovered money was missing from his business in March when he was notified by his accountant that Dunlap was suspected of cashing an unauthorized check against one of the business accounts.”Traul stated that there were several checks signed by Dunlap and there were also several checks that had been deposited but were not signed,” according to the affidavit. Dunlap also might have used a signature stamp to forge some of the checks, the affidavit states. The document said Dunlap admitted to police that she stole the money and she wanted to “make it right.”Dunlap tells officers “everyone knows that I’m guilty, I did it and that it is time that I admit to it,” according to the affidavit. Traul’s orthodontics business has offices in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and Rifle. Neither Traul nor Dunlap immediately returned phone calls seeking comment on Tuesday. If Dunlap is convicted on both charges, she could face 5 to 15 years in prison.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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