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Daughter charged in theft case
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Jessica Leigh Mathews

The daughter of a woman arrested earlier this month for allegedly taking thousands of dollars from her employer has also been charged in the case.


Jessica Leigh Mathews, 20, of Dawson County, was arrested Oct. 23 and charged with one count of felony theft by taking.


She was released on a $5,400 cash bond the same day, according to Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle.


The charge against Mathews came 10 days after her mother, Stacy Mathews, 44, was arrested for taking more than $107,000 from her employer, T.W. Phillips Grading. She had worked as an administrative assistant at the company for more than a decade.


Wooten said company CEO Tracy Phillips reported the theft in mid-September after receiving notification of unpaid company taxes.


According to arrest reports, Stacy Mathews was authorized to sign for company accounts. Over the course of several years, she had used company accounts for personal expenses.


Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Wooten said Stacy Mathews also reportedly wrote checks from business accounts totaling $18,000 to her daughter, who was not employed with the grading company at the time. It was unclear whether the younger Mathews had ever been an employee of the grading company.


Stacy Mathews is also charged with a single count of felony theft by taking.


She was released Oct. 13 on $50,200 bond, according to jail records.


Upcoming court dates for both women were not immediately available.