Man charged in stealing $628,000 from car dealer Accountant has worked 13 years at firm

July 30, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

An accountant who had worked for the Jeff Barnes Chevrolet-Olds-Geo car dealership in Eldersburg for 13 years has been charged with stealing $628,000 since 1988.

Stephen Clifton Sheeler, 46, of the first block of King Richard Court, in Rosedale, Baltimore County, was released on $30,000 bond after he surrendered at the Westminster state police barracks yesterday.

Investigators said they were notified June 15 by Jeff Barnes, the owner of the new-car dealership, of suspected unauthorized withdrawals from a corporate bank account.

Police said they obtained search and seizure warrants for Mr. Sheeler's house, company car and private office at the dealership and recovered evidence at his home.

Tfc. John Reininger placed 12 theft charges against the accountant totaling $107,500 and a 13th charge of theft by scheme in the taking of that amount and more for a total of $628,000 between Jan. 15, 1988 and May 19, 1993.

Mr. Sheeler has worked for the dealership for 13 years, according to court documents filed yesterday.

The documents indicated that the accountant issued checks from a corporate account and made them payable to himself. He deposited the money in his personal bank account, the charges said.

In the charges filed yesterday, records indicate checks for $10,000 each were written seven times and checks for $7,500 each were written on five occasions. The documents did not say what happened to the rest of the money.

His trial is scheduled for Oct. 13.

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