Kettering woman accused of embezzling $270K posts bail, gives up passport

A Kettering woman accused of embezzling more than $270,000 from her former employer has been release from jail after posting $25,000 bond, according to records.

Magistrate Andrew Hasselbach also ordered Alison McGaughey, 39, to turn over her passport.

McGaughey is charged with telecommunications fraud, aggravated theft, unauthorized use of property, identity fraud and tampering with records in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

McGaughey, accused of stealing the money from Nelson & Associates in Deerfield Twp. to cover gambling debts and pay for vacations and personal items, was arrested Tuesday at Blue Ash Chili, a restaurant in Hamilton County where she now works, according to to her lawyer, Jason Cavinder.

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Cavinder said McGaughey was also in divorce proceedings in Montgomery County and urged Hasselbach to allow her to post bail so that she could continue working, enabling her to hold onto her Kettering home and tend to her dogs.

“My understanding is she was cooperative somewhat,” Cavinder said during McGaughey’s arraignment.

Assistant County Prosecutor Amy Gill urged Hasselbach to get McGaughey’s passport, reporting on her communication with the sheriff’s deputy who took her into custody.

Gill said the deputy jokingly suggested McGaughey was planning to run to Mexico.

“He laughed. She didn’t. It made him a little nervous,” Gill said.

Cavinder said McGaughey “never intended flight”.

McGaughey “knew something was forthcoming,” yet had remained in the area, and has no prior criminal record, according to Cavinder.

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McGaughey was released from Warren County Jail Friday afternoon, according to on-line jail records.

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