KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- A gift store employee has been accused of altering a check written to her by her employer.
Cassandra Dahm, 26, of Tinmouth Mt. Drive in Pawlet, pleaded not guilty Monday to felony counts of forgery, and embezzlement. She was released on conditions from Bennington Super Court Criminal Division.
According to an affidavit by Cpl. Patrick Owens, of the Manchester Police Department, on May 7 he spoke to Ann Porter, 55, owner of Artcraft Gifts Inc., on Lincoln Avenue in Manchester, who said she wrote a $50 check to Dahm on April 4 as a cash advance. She said she was not able to find a $50 payment to Dahm in her account logs, but did find one for $250. She said she looked up the check and saw a "Two" had been written in front of the "Fifty," and a "2" before the "50" on the numerical portion of the check. Each looked "squeezed in."
Owens said the Merchant’s Bank in Manchester credited Porter $200 after she brought the matter to them and provided a photo of Dahm cashing a check there.
According to Owens, Dahm came to the Manchester Police Station for questioning, but declined to give a statement.