BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. – A former employee of the City of Briarcliff faces forgery and theft charges for allegedly stealing public funds.
Teri Jean Buege, 40, of Mountain Home, was taken in to custody on Monday.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from the Briarcliff Treasurer alleging that a theft of city funds had occurred and named Buege as the suspect.
According to a news release, Buege had already been terminated from her employment with the city.
It was alleged that between December 1, 2017 and July 3, 2018, approximately $1,327.87 in public funds was missing from the water department account. Including several deposits for which cash was missing, cash payments received but not recorded or deposited, at least one forged check, and the falsification of city records.
Buege was interviewed by investigators on August 15 and admitted to all of the allegations. A warrant was then issued for her arrest and she was arrested September 17 on charges of Forgery, and Theft of Property.
Buege was released from custody after posting $7,500 bond.
She will appear before the Circuit Court on September 27.