Daily American Republic
An accounts-payable clerk at Hefner Furniture and Appliance in Poplar Bluff may face charges after her arrest Thursday morning on suspicion of fraudulently charging nearly $75,000. Poplar Bluff Police Capt. David Sutton says an accounting manager noticed discrepancies in the company’s credit-card account. The fraudulent charges were made to a single account, with no name attached to the payee. An internal investigation showed Nicole Hammonds as a possible suspect. On Sept. 30 Detective Josh Stewart and the account manager sat down with the employee, and she admitted to making the fraudulent charges. Sutton says the investigation revealed Hammonds stole $74,000 from the business over the course of several month going back to January. 24-year old Nicole Hammonds of Poplar Bluff was arrested about 10 a.m. Thursday at the store. Sutton says she had made an agreement with the company to try to make restitution, and she was not able to do it, so they went forth with the criminal charges. Hammonds was arrested on suspicion of felony stealing and was booked and released pending review of the case by the Butler County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.