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  • Dover Police allege more than $300,000 embezzled from local business

  • Dover police have arrested a local couple after an investigation uncovered more than $300,000 embezzled from the Dover Rent-All.
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  • Dover Police have charged the former office manager of Dover Rent-All and her husband with taking more than $300,000 from the business.
    Roberta Cook, 42, and William E. Cook Jr. 45, both of the unit block of Porcher Street, Dover, were arrested without resistance March 25 at their home, said police spokesman Lt. Daniel McKeown.
    The illegal transactions began as early as April 2009, when Roberta Cook allegedly used a company credit card and company checks to embezzle the money. According to the warrant of probable cause issued by Justice of the Peace Court No. 7, on both individuals, the investigation showed the money was spent on college tuition, plane tickets, hotels, a cruise and rental cars.
    A check of the joint tax records for the couple showed they had a gross income of $25,170 in 2010 and $25,934 in 2011.
    Both were charged with three counts of theft involving theft where the value is more than $100,000; three counts of second-degree forgery; five counts of unlawful use of a credit card; and a single count of second-degree conspiracy.
    Roberta Cook was ordered jailed at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution, New Castle, in default of a $39,000 secured bond. William Cook was released on a $39,000 unsecured bond.
    A spokesman for Dover Rent-All said the company owners would not comment on the case.
    McKeown said detectives are continuing to investigate the case.

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