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Jay woman arrested on embezzlement complaint

Bobbie Dawes (Photo courtesy of Franklin County Detention Center)

JAY - A local woman was arrested today after she allegedly embezzled more than $10,000 from a road association in The Forks.

According to Sheriff Scott Nichols, Bobbie Dawes, 45 of Jay, was arrested on one count of theft, a Class B felony, and a misdemeanor forgery, following a Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigation.

The alleged embezzlement relates to the Mile 10 Owners Road Association, an organization in The Forks that is attempting to repair and maintain private roads. Dawes was the secretary/treasurer for the association, Nichols said, and police became involved after other association members discovered discrepancies in the group's financial statements. Although based in Somerset County's The Forks, the association contacted FCSO, as the checks relating to the alleged embezzlement had been written and utilized in Jay.

FCSO LT. David St. Laurent investigated the incident and located several checks written from the association's account to Dawes. Those checks were issued without the knowledge of the association president and included forged signatures, Nichols said. The total amount encompassed by the alleged embezzlement was in excess of $10,000.

Dawes was arrested without incident and transported to Franklin County Detention Center. Additional charges are possible, pending review by the District Attorney's Office, Nichols said.

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  1. Not this stuff again!!!

  2. what makes people think they can get away with this type of crime, they will eventually get caught, and should serve time.

  3. Do the math: one day of jail time. Any more than that is not justice in Franklin County.

  4. Embezzlement is normally a punish less crime - when they steal so they didn't have it to start with
    Can't pay it back either - It's not Franklin Counties fault just their cat box to admire

  5. AUGHHHH! This is happening all over counties / small town's and businesses. Its disgusting and needs to stop!! These people need to be held accountable for stealing others people money like this especially when they are putting their trust in them that their doing the what their supposed to with THEIR MONEY! there is no excuse.

  6. Is this the same thing that is going on with our Government ? Just a thought, are they going to get caught ? Some are starting to and I feel that a lot more will be caught too.

  7. I'm just shocked with the frequency of articles informing us of yet another arrest for alleged embezzlement. Makes me wonder how many others are "out there" that haven't been caught...

  8. An observation is that in most of these cases the embezzleor has a personal affiliation or relationship with the embezzlelee which to some degree can be controlled