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Woman charged with stealing more than $100,000 from Mount Zion business plans to dispute the numbers in court

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MOUNT ZION — The woman pleading not guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from her former employer in Mount Zion is ready to dispute the numbers.

At a Macon County Circuit Court hearing Wednesday, her defense announced it had hired its own certified public accountant to plow through accounts connected to the alleged theft from Mount Zion Self Storage. Tamme R. King, 57, was employed there for six years taking payments for storage units and rental property, and the owner told police she had siphoned off the money over several years.

But defense attorney Steve Jones told Judge Thomas Griffith that their CPA had come up with some very different numbers about what was supposed to be missing after analyzing all the figures.

When Griffith asked him if the figure would be less, Jones replied: “I know it will be less, based on what we saw …” without specifying any numbers. He said he would be filing motions in connection with the case.

Griffith agreed to set the case back for another pretrial hearing Feb. 4.

A sworn affidavit linked to the case from the Mount Zion Police Department said thefts from the business were discovered a year ago by the owner who informed law enforcement and fired King. Police quoted the owner as saying his financial analysis of the business accounts showed King pulling large amounts of money out and paying smaller amounts back in with personal checks.

Losses between 2012 and 2017 were said to have totaled $117,469.43, after deducting some other credited payments and a total of $40,716 in checks paid in by King, police said.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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