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HOUSTON -- A Katy woman accused of stealing more than $250,000 from the company where she was employed is facing three charges connected with the alleged theft.

Kimberlee Koteras, 41, was arrested Tuesday on charges of theft of property, more than $100,000 and less than $200,000; misapplication of fiduciary funds greater than $200,000; and money laundering of $200,000.

Koteras was an employee of Percheron Acquisitions in the Fulshear and Houston areas for almost three years before her employment was terminated. Fort Bend County deputies said Percheron Acquisitions review of the payroll process brought the theft to light.

Investigators said during Koteras employment she was able to manipulate the payroll process, adding money to her per diem and mileage pay to increase her paychecks. Koteras was the last person to see the payroll information before sending it off to a payroll check vendor and investigators said she was able to manipulate the data. She is also accused of placing ghost employees into the system and garnering funds from their electronic drafts.

Koteras remained in the Fort Bend County Jail Wednesday under a $75,000 bond.

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