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Amanda Boling

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:41 am, Wed May 4, 2011.

A Lodi bookkeeper accused of embezzling more than $130,000 will spend the next few weeks at home before her trial begins. Amanda Marie Boling, 30, turned herself into authorities over the weekend for allegedly embezzling $137,000 over two years from Lodi dentist Kevin Fleming. After hearing the charges against her, Boling was deemed not to be a flight risk and released on her own recognizance.

Boling is charged with grand theft, a felony charge. If convicted, she could spend up to three years in prison, plus an additional year if the amount taken is found to be more than $65,000. Attorney Douglas Goss was appointed to represent her during Tuesday’s arraignment and requested she be released before her trial began.

“She knew about an investigation against her in December and she did not flee,” Goss said. “She has no prior convictions, and she is not a flight risk.”

Some of Fleming’s employees attended the arraignment and gasped as San Joaquin Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Humphreys granted the request.

The resident of Wilton worked at Fleming’s dental practice for 12 years. She allegedly used the practice’s payroll to take roughly $137,000 during the past two years. Boling is accused of using “employee reimbursements” to pay herself and avoid paying income taxes on money she pocketed.

While the prosecution will seek restitution as part of its case, San Joaquin County District Attorney Stephen Taylor said Boling spent the money at Costco. Although Goss said Boling has four children, Taylor said she also has two stepchildren, bringing the total to six.

“That would explain Costco,” he said.

As part of Boling’s release, Humphreys mandated that she stay 100 yards from her former employer, coworkers and Fleming’s patients. She must also submit to searches of her residence, vehicles or property if a law enforcement officer requests one. Boling is due back in court May 26.

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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