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Police: Woman bilked $39K from company

Linda Kettering

Linda Kettering

NORCROSS -- A former Gwinnett office manager is accused of padding her time sheet over several years to the tune of $39,000 and aiding credit card theft by her son, police say.

Gwinnett police arrested Buford resident Linda Kettering, 60, on felony charges of theft by deception Friday. She was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on bond the same day.

Investigators allege Kettering added unauthorized hours to weekly time sheets between 2004 and 2010, bilking her employer, Professional Communications Management Inc., of a collective $38,937, according to an arrest warrant.

The matter came to police attention in January, when a representative of the Norcross company told police that recent audits had revealed discrepancies in pay. Kettering quit her job when questioned about the time sheets last year, according to a police report.

Professional Communications Management provides telephone, data network and wireless solutions for clients, according to the company website.

Reached by phone, a man who identified himself as Kettering's husband declined comment Tuesday.

Kettering is also accused of approving credit card vouchers used by her son, Carl Kettering, for more than $5,000 the company wasn't privy to, the report states.

Acworth resident Carl Kettering had yet to be booked Tuesday in Gwinnett on pending charges of financial transaction card fraud.