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A Jamestown woman is accused of stealing from her employer in Cole County.

Nannette Luebbert, 59, is charged with one count of felony stealing.

The owner of JC Industrial Supply told police Luebbert was employed at the business and part of her duties was to submit all employees' payroll, including her own, to a payroll company for processing, according to a Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement.

The owner told police he had learned of a mistake with Luebbert's pay in August 2019. When looking at Luebbert's pay history, the owner reportedly found Luebbert had been receiving pay above her salary.

Luebbert told authorities she had talked with the owner, who had told her it was "okay for her to receive pay for unused vacation hours that had accrued to around 1,900 hours."

The owner told authorities the business's employee handbook states an employee is allowed to receive pay for unused accrued vacation hours not to exceed 40 hours per year and that Luebbert had signed the handbook. The owner said he did not give Luebbert permission to exceed the 40 hours.

Investigators said an independent accountant performed an audit of Luebbert's pay history and reportedly learned that in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Luebbert had submitted documents to the payroll company and received $98,830 more than she should have been paid.

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