A Newton County woman, 57-year-old Mary Spencer of Jasper, is facing charges in connection with the alleged theft of $81,600 from Harp’s Foods.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed Thursday, earlier this week the store manager told the Jasper Police Chief that Spencer had allegedly admitted to the theft. He said Spencer had told him she would ring up sales, take money from the customers and then void the transaction. At the end of the night, when the register total showed over, she would take out funds on her way to the bank to make the store deposit.
Spencer reportedly admitted to the practice over the past four years. Store officials were able to review records over the past year and discovered Spencer had allegedly taken $81,600 from December 2018 until January 2020.
Videos were obtained of Spencer allegedly voiding transactions 76 times.
The Jasper woman said in an interview the funds were used to get her family out of a financial bind, citing medical bills. She said she “didn’t have any fun with the money.”
Spencer is charged with felony counts of computer fraud, forgery and theft of property, as well as a misdemeanor count of falsifying business records.
Bond was set at $10,000.