AL: Probate Employee Charged With Stealing Tens of Thousands of Dollars

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office charged a county employee with stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of attorney fees from a public office.

Sherre Johnson Wells, 51, of Pleasant Valley, was charged with theft of property after allegedly stealing between $10,000 and $50,000 from the Calhoun County Probate Office, said Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Matthew Wade.

Wade said Wells, an assistant at the Probate Office, had “developed a scheme” in which she redirected into her personal account state funds meant to cover attorney fees for the probate office.

“This isn’t like reaching into somebody’s pocket and taking their wallet,” Wade said. “This is thousands of dollars she stole over time from various accounts.”

Wade said Probate Judge Alice Martin called the Sheriff’s Office on March 6 to report money had been stolen after she requested an audit for missing funds from the state examiner’s office.

The Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for Wells’ arrest and she turned herself in late Tuesday, Wade said. She was released after posting a $30,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on May 2.

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Probate Employee Charged With Stealing Tens of Thousands of Dollars

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4 Responses to “AL: Probate Employee Charged With Stealing Tens of Thousands of Dollars”

  1. Thelma Says:

    So where were the audit people early on>

  2. Finny Says:

    That's the $64K question, Thelma. Why does it take so long to find this theft?

  3. Mike Says:

    Think how much of this type is theft is done and no one ever catches on.

  4. Sue Says:

    People with criminal minds are everywhere. Wells is one of many with a plan to scheme and deceive what chance is there to recover assets? 0. Each act is a decision, each act of theft must have maximum prison sentence which could lead to life sentence with no parole. We must send a message this will not be tolerated. Sharp teeth no mercy. We're next folks.

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