|Paula Decker-Criss (mug shot TCSO)|
Stealing charges that were filed almost four years ago against the former bookkeeper for the Hollister Chamber of Commerce have been dismissed.
Prosecutor's charged, Paula Decker-Criss, of Blue Eye, with felony stealing in July of 2008 after a lengthy investigation found that $11,000 was missing from the organization's coffers.
Decker-Criss' attorney says his client's former sister-in-law, Dawn Decker, who had been the Chamber's president, admitted in a deposition that she forged Criss' signature to checks for the organization.
Attorney Joe Allen says a handwriting expert would have testified that the signature's on the checks was not consistent with his client's handwriting.
|Dawn Decker pleaded guilty to stealing from her fomer employer last year|
Dawn Decker, who was also charged with stealing in connection to the case, pleaded guilty in 2010 and was placed on five years probation.