CPA Bilked Own Company for $577K: DA

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Prosecutors have filed 107 felony counts against an Orange County accountant who allegedly forged her employer's signature in a scheme to embezzle $577,000.

Prosecutor Marc Labreche says each count against 39-year-old Susan Rachele, a Fullerton certified public accountant, is for one forged check. She was arrested Wednesday.

Rachele was the controller for the Consolidated Design West box printing company. She allegedly hid the thefts by manipulating the company's financial records.

Her undoing was a Wells Fargo Bank employee who called the company owner about three suspicious checks.

Rachele is in jail with bail set at $600,000 bail.

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