A Preliminary Hearing was held Tuesday in Sheridan County Circuit Court for Camie Paumer of Clearmont. Paumer was charged in March with a total of 9 counts, 6 felonies and 3 misdemeanors.
The alleged felonies occurred while Paumer was working at the Hand in Hand Early Childhood Education Center in Sheridan. The misdemeanors allegedly occurred while she was working for A&B Builders.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christopher LaRosa called Sheridan Police Detective Jim Arzy to the stand to offer testimony against Paumer for her alleged crimes. Arzy was the lead investigator in the case. He stated that February 11th, 2011, officials with Hand in Hand came to the Sheridan Police Department with bank statements and payroll data indicating that a former employee may be responsible for embezzling $15,000.
Arzy also testified that Paumer had been fired just a few days prior to Hand in Hand turning over the documentation to the Police, and that she had worked as a bookkeeper there from September 2010, till February 8th of this year when she was terminated.
Arzy testified that the investigation revealed that Paumer had forged the name of Hand in Hand Director Linda Myers on three checks that she later deposited into her personal account.
Paumer also allegedly stole two checks that she made out to herself and deposited. Paumer allegedly also paid herself unauthorized overtime and gave herself a pay raise, which was also unauthorized.
Arzy also testified that Paumer used the Hand in Hand debit card to pay for a number of unauthorized purchases, some of which included groceries and personal items, service to her automobile and nearly $400 in candles so that she could host a candle party.
Paumer allegedly attempted to pay for a family trip to Las Vegas through Expedia, but Myers by that time had noticed the charges and called Expedia to cancel the trip reservations.
Circuit Court Judge John Sampson ruled that there was enough evidence presented by the prosecution and bound the case over to District Court.
Each of the six felonies carry with it a prison sentence of up to 10 years and $10,000 fine, or any combination of both. The misdemeanors are punishable by up to 6-months in jail and a fine of $750.
Paumer's arraignment in District Court has yet to be scheduled.