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Cops: Bookkeeper bilked $47K from Buford company

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

BUFORD -- A former bookkeeper with a Buford construction company is accused of surreptitiously thieving $47,000 from her employer.

Gwinnett police this week charged Cumming resident Ladonna Pritchett, 45, with felony counts of first-degree forgery, identity fraud and financial transaction card fraud.

While employed as a bookkeeper with Infinity Construction, Pritchett forged and cashed seven checks totaling $8,000, after stealing a company credit card from a safe to rack up $47,000 in unauthorized charges and cash advances, management at the company told police last month.

The Buford company specializes in commercial and residential concrete installation. The pattern of theft occurred between January and June this year, according to Pritchett's arrest warrants.

Pritchett's superiors told police she used the company checking account to pay credit card bills, then intercepted statements before her boss could see them. Management reportedly became privy to the thefts when Pritchett was out sick for a couple weeks last month and the statements kept streaming in.

Jail records show Pritchett had yet to be apprehended Tuesday.

Company president Christopher Gibson said Pritchett is no longer employed with Infinity Construction and was actively being sought by authorities Tuesday. He declined further comment.

"If and when she's arrested, we'd be willing to give you guys some additional information," Gibson said.