Clearmont resident Camie Paumer made her initial appearance in Sheridan County Circuit Court Monday. Paumer has been charged with a total of nine counts: six felonies that include three Forgery charges; two charges of Larceny; and one charge of Obtaining Property Under False Pretenses. The three misdemeanors include two counts of Unlawful Use of a Credit Card and one count of Larceny under $1,000.
The six felonies occurred between October of 2010, and January of 2011 while Paumer was employed as a bookkeeper with the Hand in Hand Early Childhood Education Center in Sheridan. During that time, Paumer allegedly forged the name of Linda Myers, the Center's Director, on checks made payable to herself; unlawfully used the child care center's bank account card to make personal purchases; and used her status as bookkeeper to pay herself overtime compensation that was not authorized.
The investigation began on February 11th, 2011, when management and legal counsel for the child care center contacted the Sheridan Police Department regarding a former employee who was suspected of embezzling approximately $15,000. Each felony carries with it a prison sentence of up to 10 years and up to a $10,000 fine, or any combination of both.
The three misdemeanors occurred while Paumer worked as an Administrative Assistant for A&B Builders in Sheridan. Paumer was employed with A&B Builders between May and late August of last year. The three misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail and a $750 fine, or any combination of both.
Circuit Court Judge John Sampson set a $20,000 cash only bond for Paumer after Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christopher LaRosa pointed out her extensive criminal history that included similar charges in Yellowstone, Big Horn, Johnson and Sheridan Counties.