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Not guilty plea entered for former Putnam employee

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A former Putnam Vocational Technical High School employee accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the school appeared in court Wednesday morning.

Sherry Suber, 45, was the first of two former employees of the school to face a judge in connection with charges for two separate schemes to steal more than $30,000 from the public school.

Suber appeared in court hidden by her attorney who waived the formal reading of the charge against her and entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.

An investigation by the Springfield office of internal audits and the attorney general's office found that Suber allegedly used her position as a senior clerk typist to steal more than $14,000.

Part of Suber's role at the school included collecting the vocational funds from department heads and depositing the money into the city's bank account daily.

The investigation determined that Suber deposited less money in the account than was actually collected, allegedly keeping some or all of the money from a given day and then making up the difference with checks or cash from other deposits.

Ann Berry is the other employee facing charges. She's accused of stealing $16,000 in a separate scheme.

According to investigators, Berry, who was an advisor for the Academic Achievers Club, would buy inventory for the school store with her own money and deposit the profits into her own personal account.

Suber is due back in court next month while Berry is set to be arraigned next week.

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