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Thursday 10/03/2019 4:59 PM - Grand Theft, Embezzlement, Forgery

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Grand Theft, Embezzlement, Forgery
Date and Time of Incident: 10-2-19, Approximately 7:00 PM
Place of Occurrence: 11000 block of Wickson Way, Atascadero
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: Joy Noel Wilde, 41, Atascadero
Details of News Release: On 7-9-19, the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of grand theft at a construction company in Creston. The owner of the construction company reported that his bookkeeper had embezzled more than 47,000 dollars from the company. The bookkeeper had reportedly taken a check made out to a vendor for the construction company, altered the check, and then deposited the amount into her personal bank account. A three-month investigation uncovered more company checks which had been deposited into the bookkeeper's personal bank account. The suspect has been identified as 41-year-old Joy Noel Wilde of Atascadero. It's believed over the past three years, Wilde forged and deposited 63 company checks totaling 957,000 dollars into her own bank accounts. On 10-2-19 Deputies arrested Wilde for grand theft, embezzlement, forgery and attempted grand theft.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Thursday 10/03/2019 5:00 PM