Manager Embezzled $93,000 From Springdale Car Dealer, Police Say

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Police say a Springdale woman embezzled a local car dealership out of more than $93,000 while she was the manager.

Constance Tedford, 36, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony theft of property. She remained Thursday night in the Washington County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.

Tedford was the manager at Auto Amigo in Springdale while the owner was terminally ill before his death in 2010 and 2011. Police said Tedford used her position to embezzle $66,505 out of the company by accepting customers’ loan payments and keeping the cash for herself.

The former manager is also suspected of using $11,000 in unauthorized company credit card transactions and $2,228 in checks written for personal expenses.

There were also 14 unauthorized company checks written to Tedford’s husband, totally $14,000, according to an arrest warrant affidavit from Washington County Circuit Court.

The suspicious transactions came to the company’s attention after Tedford was fired last year. Benjamin Ball told police his father, the business’ long-time owner, fell ill in 2010 and died in December 2011, during which time neither Ball nor his father was around the business much, the affidavit states.

Tedford’s replacement noticed large sums of money missing when she took the job last year.