Bookkeeper, 70, accused of $125,700 fraud

Barbara Dantone
Barbara Dantone

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - State police say a 70-year-old bookkeeper for a logging company is accused of cashing fraudulent checks worth over $125,700.

In February, Master Trooper Greg Marchand says Barbara Dantone's employer started noticing several discrepancies in the businesses' tax returns and bank accounts, but the owner did not notify state police until May, allowing time for an accountant to confirm the discrepancies.

Marchand says it was unclear when the fraudulent check cashing began, but Dantone was hired in 2005.

The Advocate reports ( ) Dantone, of Robert, was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite Tuesday on more than 250 counts of forgery as well as more than 250 counts of bank fraud.

It was unclear whether Dantone has an attorney.

Information from: The Advocate,

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