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posted: 9/19/2013 6:12 PM

Aurora woman charged with stealing from Batavia company

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An Aurora woman has been accused of stealing $327,000 from her Batavia employer.

According to Batavia police, Serhonda P. Burnett, 35, has been charged with theft by deception; misappropriation of financial institution property; and fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.

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PMI Energy reported its suspicions in June. Charges were authorized Sept. 3. Burnett turned herself in to Batavia police Wednesday, and is free on $7,500 bond.

According to Batavia detective Kevin Bretz, Burnett was an administrative assistant for the company, assigned to work on its payroll. She is charged with putting the company's money in to private accounts to which she had access, over a six-month period. She is also accused of using a company credit card for her personal use.

Burnett lives in the 1600 block of Shagbark Court.

The theft and misappropriation charges are punishable by three to seven years in prison.

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