DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Dozens of charges were filed against two employees of different Dougherty County businesses for with stealing thousands of dollars from their employers.
The D.A. said he has not seen an increase in the crime, just a steady number.
Debbie Juarez, 36, made her first appearance before a judge Thursday morning, charged with 20 counts of printing and executing checks and drafts.
Juarez was the manager of the Dunes Mobile Home Park in East Albany where prosecutors say she pocketed money from company checks.
Prosecutors added 27 additional counts of check fraud again Juarez Friday.
"Some initial complaints came from the residents in the mobile home park, where this person was working as the manager," said Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards.
Also Thursday morning at the Dougherty County Jail, 16 more counts of theft by taking were filed against Chuck Fry, 29.
Prosecutors said Fry was first arrested last month, charged with stealing thousands of dollars from Quality Home Rentals.
Prosecutors warn business owners that trusted employees often get in bad life situations, and take advantage.
"In some instances what they plan to do is take the money and put it back in. It never works out like that. That happens a lot," said Edwards.
So the D.A. said business owners should also have their finances audited on a regular basis.
"You have to trust your employees but it just helps to keep everybody honest by doing outside audits and checks and balances," said Edwards.
The D.A. said employee theft crimes are an ongoing issue, that all business owners have to guard themselves against.
WALB tried to contact the owners of both businesses today, but they did not return our calls.
Juarez remains in jail tonight, while Fry has been released on bond.