TITUSVILLE — A Titusville area woman is accused of stealing almost $118,000 from a Townville area tooling and machining company while working as a secretary and bookkeeper for the firm.

Terri S. Baldwin, 54, of 10549 Donna Road faces a preliminary hearing later this month on a total of 12 counts — one count of theft by deception and 11 counts of forgery — filed by Pennsylvania State Police at Corry.

Police allege Baldwin forged 53 business checks totaling $117.991.50 between Sept. 29, 2016, and Jan. 10 of this year while working as a secretary and bookkeeper at Steadman Tool & Die Inc. in Steuben Township.

Baldwin was the business' secretary and bookkeeper and was the only office personnel besides owner Ross Steadman with access to the business' checks, banking information and business checking account program, according to the arrest affidavit. Steadman contacted state police about being a victim of theft fraud and forgery on Feb. 11 of this year, the affidavit said.

A forensic financial audit of the business found Baldwin concealed the 53 checks which were issued to her own personal credit card account and her husband's business, RTC Baldwin, the arrest affidavit said.

Baldwin denied issuing or signing the 53 checks, the affidavit said. Account statements from a credit card issued Baldwin's name had payments which matched with checks fraudulently issued from the business, the affidavit said.

Baldwin was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Amy Nicols in Titusville. Baldwin remains free on $25,000 unsecured bond as she awaits a preliminary hearing on the charges Aug. 19.

Each of the 12 counts is a second degree felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine, if convicted.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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