FORMER BOOKKEEPER INDICTED FOR THEFT FROM A PERSON IN A PROTECTED CLASS IN EXCESS OF A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS
Posted on 4/3/2018
Defendant: Annette Dorene Spence
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This long time trusted employee abused her position for her own personal financial gain for six years.” Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Annette Dorene Spence, age 57, for one count of Theft From a Person in a Protected Class (F-1), one count of Tampering with Records (F-3), six counts of Forgery (F-4), and four counts of Filing Incomplete, False and Fraudulent Tax Returns (F-5), for a total of twelve counts. The victim in this case, Ronald Chapman, age 70, is the owner of Chapman Enterprise and franchise owner of TeamWorldWide Deliver Company located on Alum Creek Drive. Spence was an employee for Chapman for fifteen years and was the bookkeeper responsible for processing the accounts receivable and accounts payable. It is alleged that between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2016, Spence stole monies from Chapman that totaled $270,589.57 through fraudulent charges made with the company American Express card, issuing herself company checks she was not entitled to, and by fraudulently inflating her pay. During this same time period, records indicate that Spence did not file her state income taxes for 2012-2016. O’Brien commended the Columbus Division of Police for their thorough investigation of this case. Arraignment for Spence is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 1:30 pm in courtroom 2B at 345 S. High Street in downtown Columbus.