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story.lead_photo.caption Denesha Douglass

TEXARKANA, Texas —A former assistant manager of a local beauty supply store accused of embezzling more than $135,000 has been indicted by a Bowie County grand jury.

Denesha Ann Douglass, 38, was allegedly pocketing several hundred dollars daily while working at State Beauty Supply from June 2017 to June 2018, according to a probable cause affidavit. The store's owner reported her suspicion that Douglass was shorting cash from the daily deposits to Texarkana, Texas, police after observing Douglass count cash via video surveillance June 22, 2018.

The owner told investigators that she thought Douglass had "too many piles of cash" and went to verify the count. After discovering an envelope containing $300 in cash which was not included with the rest of the currency from the store's register, the owner reported she fired Douglass.

The owner completed an audit and allegedly discovered that the amount of cash being deposited into the bank was less than what was shown on the store's daily audit. A detective created a spread sheet using the documents provided by the State Beauty Supply owner which showed that the cash deposited each day into the store's bank account was several hundred dollars lower than what was recorded on the store's daily audits.

"In total, my examination revealed a shortage of $135,695.82 for the months in which Douglass was assistant manager and responsible for preparing and taking bank deposits to the bank," the affidavit states.

When interviewed by police, Douglass allegedly ended the meeting when confronted with the evidence against her.

Douglass has been charged with felony theft of property. The offense is punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

According to court records, Douglass was released on a $100,000 bond the same day, July 22, 2019, she was booked into jail. Douglass' attorney of record is Texarkana lawyer Derric McFarland.

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