Madera County Sheriff John Anderson announced the arrest of a 30-year-old bookkeeper Wednesday, April 10.
Melissa Judy Ann Pedersen, of Madera, was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections on suspicion of cooking the books at two different companies in Madera. She amassed almost $30,000 before she was caught.
Detective Adam McEwen launched an investigation dating back to Nov. 15, 2012, when the sheriffs office was first tipped off about an alleged case of embezzlement.
The victim at that time, Valley Fixtures Installers, had hired Pedersen as a Bookkeeper from October 2011 to October 2012.
During the course of that investigation, another complaint of embezzlement against Pederson was filed by Madera Tractor & Implement.
McEwen concluded his investigation Wednesday, April 10 and promptly took Pedersen (who also goes by the names of Wallis and Pederren) into custody at her home.
Pedersen was booked on suspicion of forgery, embezzlement and grand theft.