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Ottumwa Woman Facing Felony, Accused Of Stealing Nearly $88K From Employer

An Ottumwa woman is facing a felony theft charge after allegedly embezzling nearly $88K from her employer over a near 6 year period. 60 year old Sharry Lynn Gouge of Ottumwa was taken into custody last week after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

From 2014-2019 Gouge worked for Clemons of Ottumwa, a new and used car dealership, in a position that allowed authority over the businesses bank accounts. Clemons while conducting an accounting review, noticed the activity and contacted authorities who then conducted their own investigation.

She has been charged with 1st degree theft, a Class C felony, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. 

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