Bookkeeper, 70, accused of $125,700 fraud against employer

A 70-year-old Hammond area bookkeeper for a logging company was arrested Tuesday, accused of cashing fraudulent checks worth over $125,700.

In February, Barbara Dantone’s employer started noticing serious discrepancies in how financial documents were filed, but the owner did not notify State Police until May, allowing time for an accountant to confirm the discrepancies, said Major Trooper Greg Marchand, a State Police spokesman.

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

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