According to paperwork filed with the prosecutor's office, Stroud allegedly exerted "unauthorized control" over more than 100 company checks used to repay expenses incurred by over-the-road truckers without the permission or knowledge of her employer.
In court, Akers said each of these separate incidents, which allegedly date back to January 2004, could potentially be a forgery charge. Stroud is charged with taking approximately $280,000 from Brazil Trucking, Inc.
Although some of the transactions were not charged due to the statute of limitations, the missing funds during a 10-year period totaled close to $500,000.
Citing the previous negotiated plea agreement was too lenient and there were no criteria or time schedule in place for the defendant to make restitution repayment, Akers turned down the agreement and set the matter for jury trial on Aug. 24.
Abiding by trial rules and Indiana case law, Stroud was allowed to withdraw her previous guilty plea after Akers denied the plea agreement.
Stroud was remanded back into the custody of the Clay County Justice Center to await further court proceedings.