- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - A 52-year-old woman is accused of stealing almost $300,000 dollars from a Clearwater restaurant where she worked as a bookkeeper.

The Tampa Bay Times (https://bit.ly/1xHMZdn ) reports Mary Catherine Buffano was arrested Thursday on charges of grand theft and scheming to defraud.

Police say Buffano was in charge of making bank deposits for Frenchy’s but had been taking money from three separate restaurant accounts for years. They say she altered deposit balances to disguise the thefts.

An arrest report says she’s accused of stealing $292,187. Police found $48,000 in cash in a closet at Buffano’s Palm Harbor home when they arrested her.

She was taken to the Pinellas County Jail where she was later released on $100,000 bail. It’s not known whether she’s hired an attorney.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.

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