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Blytheville Mayor's Ex-Assistant Accused Of Theft

A former executive assistant to the Blytheville mayor is facing a charge of defrauding the city.

The Blytheville Courier News reports that Felisha Bell was arraigned Tuesday on theft of property and forgery charges.

An affidavit says Bell created a false invoice for $4,777 to repair her brother's vehicle after it was allegedly damaged by potholes in city streets.

The document says Bell used the mayor's signature stamp, then forged another employee's name on the check to cash it and keep the money.

The report says the brother denies knowledge of the invoice and said he received no money. He has not been charged.

Bell blamed the city finance director for the scheme. The finance director denies the allegation and also has not been charged.

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