An Olive Branch woman is facing federal charges of defrauding the Memphis law firm that she worked for with hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Misty West, age 40 of Olive Branch, is charged with depositing checks made to herself off the account of the Fowler Law Firm of Memphis, where she was a bookkeeper and office manager from 2008 until July 2016, according to documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

West is also accused of getting a debit card for the firm and using it to withdraw money from it to herself.

Court information states West is accused of giving her employer, Charles Wesley Fowler, blank checks to sign on the premise of paying bills, which she would do, but allegedly she would also fill in other blank checks to pay herself.

Another accusation is that West would transfer money from the firm’s account to pay her cell phone bill.

Approximately $415,000 is said to have been taken from the firm by the methods stated in the indictment.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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