A Trinity County constable arrested a 37-year-old former employee of the Westwood Shores Municipal Utility District in connection to allegations that she stole more than $11,000 from the business.
Starla Barrett was arrested and charged with theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000, which is a state-jail felony. No information was available on her bail amount.
According to the arrest affidavit, Barrett stole $,9437.08 in checks and $1,945.88 in cash while she was working as a clerk for the Westwood Shores MUD. The bookkeeper at the business approached Pct. 2 Constable Mark Cole on. Monday and said that the money went missing from the funds that Barrett was supposed to deposit into the First National Bank of Trinity.
When the bookkeeper went through the utility district's finances, she found that six different deposits were missing. The missing deposits were from a period between Dec. 23, 2014 and Feb. 5, and they ranged in amount from $163.42 to $2,952.03.
According to the affidavit, Cole conducted a non-custodial interview with Barrett. At first, she denied taking the funds, but eventually Barrett admitted to stealing the money, the affidavit stated.
In the affidavit, Barrett is quoted as saying, "I was planning on depositing the funds back when the cash was at hand. I'm so sorry for doing this. I work with a great group of people."