2 Johnson County women accused of draining $127,000 from ex-employer's bank account

Johnson City Press • Updated May 18, 2018 at 10:46 AM

A Washington County grand jury indicted two Butler women on theft and forgery charges, Sheriff Ed Graybeal announced Friday.

Lisa Montoya, 51, 15093 Highway 67, and Tori Berry, 49, 701 Sink Valley Road, were arrested this week.

The sheriff said the investigation began in January after a former employer of both women discovered a substantial loss of funds to his bank account. Investigators discovered that both women were writing themselves checks from his personal bank account and forging the victim’s name.

Montoya received about $116,268 from the victim’s bank account between November 2015 and February 2018 using a total of 125 checks, Graybeal said. Montoya was indicted on one count of theft over $60,000 and forgery over $60,000. She also faces one count of filing a false police report.

Berry received $10,800 from the victim’s bank account between November 2015 and March 2016. There were a total of 12 checks written by Berry to herself on the victim’s bank account. She faces one count of theft over $10,000 in addition to forgery over $10,000.

Berry was arrested on Monday and later was released from the Washington County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond. Montoya was arrested Friday and held on $25,675 bond.

Both women were scheduled to appear July 31 in Washington County Criminal Court.

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