Former Trumann worker arrested for felony charges

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Amanda Atkins, who served as former secretary to Mayor Sheila Walters, the Trumann Chamber of Commerce, and the Trumann Industrial Development Commission before resigning in 2012, was arrested Thursday, March 27, after an investigation by Arkansas State Police into allegations of forgery, theft, and fraud.

According to city attorney Jimmy Gazaway, Atkins, 53, of Trumann, faces charges which include 64 counts of second-degree forgery, three counts of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card, and one count of theft over $25,000.

According to legislative auditors, Atkins, as Trumann Industrial Development Commission bookkeeper, allegedly made unauthorized disbursements totaling $71,880 between Jan. 1, 2010, and July 15, 2012, including 49 checks totaling $66,779 on which the signatures of numerous city employees were forged and nine checks totaling $1,668 that were not documented. Atkins is also alleged to have made purchases totaling $3,433 using a city credit card, of which she had access to at least three: one issued to the city, one issued to parks and recreation, and one issued to the police department.

Scott Ellington, 2nd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, contacted state police in August of 2012 who began their investigation and interviewed several city employees. Atkins resigned in August of 2012 after Mayor Walters confronted her about the forgery.

Atkins was released on her own recognizance and will be arraigned in circuit court on April 30.

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