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Countryside woman charged with defrauding Brookfield business

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:36 p.m. CDT

BROOKFIELD – Teresa Bravo, 50, of the 5300 of Ninth Avenue, Countryside, was charged with one count of forgery, according to a news release from the Brookfield Police Department. 

Brookfield police received a complaint April 24 from the president of Hammer Express Inc., 9100 Plainfield Rd., Brookfield, about an employee allegedly forging checks to herself. 

The victim said his accountant told him that several checks were written out to a Teresa Gaertner, later identified as Bravo, for a substantial amount of money.

According to police, Bravo was hired as an accounting manager in November 2000 to handle accounts receivable and payroll. Police allege Bravo wrote $48,682 worth of checks to herself between 2011and 2013.

The business' president told police he did not authorize the payment of any of the checks written to Bravo, and that his name and another employee's name were forged on the checks.

After initially denying the accusation when confronted, Bravo allegedly admitted she was forging checks to pay for her son's college and her father's medical expenses, the victim told police.

The victim told police he had helped pay for college expenses for his nephew, Bravo's son, in the past, but recently learned that his nephew had never received money from Bravo.

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