An employee at a large Springfield apartment complex has been arrested and accused of stealing more than $10,000 from rent checks paid to the business.
Amy Boggs, 37, of 892 Alta Road in Springfield, pleaded not guilty to one count of felony theft on Thursday morning. Her bond was set at $10,000.
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She’s been accused of receiving and manipulating money orders used to pay rent at the Red Coach Apartment complex and depositing them in her personal checking and savings accounts between December 2015 and May 2016, according to Clark County Municipal Court records.
Officials at the Red Coach Apartment complex declined comment Thursday afternoon. Staff members at JRK Property Holdings, the complex’s parent company, also didn’t return a call from the Springfield News-Sun seeking comment.
Management at JRK called police in May last year, alleging Boggs stole rent money while serving as property manager at the complex. She reportedly asked tenants to pay their rent with money orders, while leaving them blank. She would then fill in the money order with her own name or manipulate ones that had been addressed to Red Coach, court records say.
Company officials noticed the theft after an employee filled in for Boggs while she was on vacation, police said, and noticed several tenants were overdue on their rent. The company also launched an internal audit and noticed discrepancies on several accounts. When questioned about the issue, police said Boggs didn’t return to work.
Several tenants produced receipts or copies of their money orders to show they paid their rent.
Security video from Huntington National Bank reportedly shows Boggs depositing and cashing manipulated money orders into her personal accounts at least 12 times, for a total of more than $10,000, according to court records.
When questioned Boggs allegedly told detectives she was addicted to Percocet until May 2016 and taking 30 to 40 pills a day, court records say.
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