DECATUR — A Decatur woman prosecutors say stole more than $66,000 from customers at the credit union where she worked pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Macon County Circuit Court.

Karen S. Buxton, 49, entered the plea and, through her attorney, Chris Amero, waived a formal reading of the charge against her.

Buxton is charged with theft over $10,000, a Class 2 felony for which she could be sentenced from three to seven years in prison if convicted.

A sworn affidavit from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said Buxton stole the money from two ADM Credit Union customers between March and November 2016. The affidavit said she helped herself to more than $31,000 from each of their accounts and spent the cash on eating out and helping family members.

The affidavit said managers confronted her and suspended her from her job on Oct. 23, when it’s also alleged she had stolen $300 from her cash drawer at the credit union.

Buxton is free on $10,000 bond and has a pretrial hearing scheduled for Jan. 22.

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