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1/19/2013 6:14:00 PM
Summers arrested for felony theft from Mount Hope Foods
Linda Summers
Linda Summers
Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

Tuesday, Linda Summers, 60, was arrested on 44 counts of forgery, one count of felony theft of over $25,000, and fraudulent schemes.

She was discovered to have used her position as a bookkeeper and accountant at Mount Hope Foods to deprive the company of almost $50,000.

Cottonwood detectives along with the ownership of Mount Hope Foods worked together to bring this case to a successful resolution when it was discovered Summers had been using her position with the company to produce fraudulent checks in her name.

"It appears as if Ms. Summers has been defrauding her employer since about 2008 from what we have been able to ascertain from the company records," said Detective Sergeant Tod Moore.

Linda Summers was booked into the Yavapai County Jail and is being held on a $50,000 bond.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Jaworski

Some people are actually innocent until proven guilty, at least that's what I have heard the court system allows.

Don't believe everything you read in a news paper. Many in this area are arrested first, without ever being questioned.
Put them in jail, "Now prove you didn't do it"

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Business Owners Double-check!

Business owners need to double-check their employees that are managing their money.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: concerned citizen cottonwood

The sad truth is. The reward for stealing through the books is high. IF convicted, they will simply get a few days in jail, probation and told they have to pay it back. Of course, the re-payment will never happen. I agree the punishment should be greater but it isn't. And in every case they were able to KEEP all the money they took.

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

Don't these people know they will get caught? We have had the court clerk, the wrestling coach and the lady in Beaver Creek. They all got caught. If their employer does not catch them, the IRS will.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Lory Melman

The close-mindedness and regressive thinking is par for the course out here, but I've never known an area so small that's so full of accounting theft as the Verde Valley. This has been what, half a dozen accounting thefts in less than two years? The ones that were discovered that is.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Darlene Gamble

How in the world do people get away with committing such a crime. I truly don't understand how people justify stealing from others to acquire personal gain. As a bookkeeper myself I do everything possible to protect the non-profit organization I work for and take steps to protect myself from any inappropriateness. I believe an honest days work deserves an honest days pay not an extra few thousand dollars that a company or organization works to earn to stay in business. I pray the organizations that have recently experienced illegal financial theft find someone that is looking out for their businesses, Stories like these make it all the more important to have protections in place and accountability expected. All of us who are bookkeepers should be on notice.

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: William Elms

You know, it's really sad, when so many good people are looking for a job, someone who has one decides there going to rip off there employer. It's time we make an example of them and through to book at them. There is no excuse for this kind of conduct. They must be held accountable...

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