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11/24/2009 6:00:00 AM
Embezzler suspected of taking $250G
Davis tells investigators she took $2,790 from business
Cathryn Davis
Cathryn Davis

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - City Councilman Kerry Deering said it's unlikely he will recover any of the money stolen by an employee of his rehabilitation clinic.

Cathryn Jane Davis, an office manager for Deering Therapy for 3-1/2 years, is charged with fraudulent schemes and artifices, two counts of forgery and one count of felony theft after discrepancies in the business' bookkeeping were found. She was arrested Nov. 11.

Davis allegedly admitted to Kingman Police detectives that she took money and checks in the amount of $2,790, but Deering said the amount of money missing from his business totals roughly $250,000.

He said he had to hire a forensic accountant to reconstruct the books for the period that Davis was employed with the clinic.

"There was a half a million dollars moved around," Deering said. "So far, we've only been able to account for half of that."

Deering said that about only one out of every 15 payments from patients was actually deposited into the proper accounts.

Deering learned about the theft after he was contacted by Bank of America and learned that a $53,000 check had been written against an account he and his wife have but has been inactive for several years.

Deering began looking into his business' bookkeeping and confronted Davis, who quit on the spot.

Deering said that he has discovered 100 forged checks written against his personal account that weren't tied to the business.

"It's sad when you put your trust in people that, for whatever reason, chose to steal from you," he said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 6, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

These messages astound me! Theft is a crime and if someone is charged for a crime, they will have their day in court. Attacking the victim, discounting the severity of the crime or bringing in community status have no bearing on the case. Leave the Deerings alone. They are good people, good citizens and provide an excellent service to the community.

Posted: Sunday, November 29, 2009
Article comment by: Rebecca Zumwalt

What is the truth? Who promised someone a raise for the year! Kingman! Get a grip! What are your city father's doing! We want a Sam's Club, a Beale Street pub. That is why we left Kingman to raise our kids in the city! Think about it!!!! The city father's are making Kingman a ghost town! Wake Up!!!!!

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009
Article comment by: No Way out


Lucky enough to be his patients?

How lucky does one have to be to get injured and then see a therapist for help?

17 years may have brained washed you to a certain extent! In my opinion! "This man ran for the City council not to serve his community but to assist his cronies." That will probably be "DELETED" even tho not a fall word in it!

Elected officials take an oath and should be held to it which rarely happens, in M.C.!

This woman deserves her day in court, will probably get it no matter how much the fix is in to convict scales of justice is suppose to be blind, does not seem that way in M.C.! Criminals that have friends get freed until the community revolts after they murder innocent young girls, oh I better watch it understand his dad was one of the in crowd!

Well probably all of that will be deleted as it speaks to much truth, which is unspoke in M.C.!

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009
Article comment by: Diogenes' Lantern

To all those who commented on the spelling and the inability of the business owner to discover the alleged fraud ...

Bernie Madoff got away with his $50 billion fraud for 15 years. In fact he wondered frequently why he hadn't been caught sooner. So much for catching thieves.

Regarding spelling, punctuation and grammar, hasn't anyone noticed that a majority of the people in this part of the County are proud of their abject ignorance? Even people in positions of governmental and business responsibility. They revile any sign of intellect, intelligence or rational thinking. Adios amigos.

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Did she get arrested? She was charged. They are very quick to put the average joe in our jail.

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009
Article comment by: Any1 concerned for KINGMAN (I mean really concerned)

If you don't have time to be on the city council, just don't be on it. It's simple. There are too many people using it to their own benefit, so they find the time. Just look at all that prime city land that one of the school's got!!!! I think that the land actually went to a private person. Does anyone know how that works? (Ownership of land for schools)

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

"City Councilman Kerry Deering said it's unlikely he will recover any of the money stolen by an employee of his rehabilitation clinic."

Note to self. Never vote in anyone into public office who is too stupid to monitor his own business finances to watch over the taxpayers money.

Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

i think that she [allegedly] admitted to taking some money. and its not like she denied it, she did indeed [allegedly] take SOME money but i dont think she is capable of taking all the rest. i feel that the boss of deering isnt too well with his money. i mean obvioulsy if someone cant notice THAT much money has been taken then there is something going on. but you can't sit here and point all fingers at kathy. she [allegedly] admitted to the small amount, yes she was in the wrong but until it's proven that she took the rest cut her some slack. it just blows my mind that people think that just because she quit her job right after being accused makes her guilty. i guarentee anyone who git accused if such things after working with someone for so long would be hurt and ashamed. i would quit as well guilty or not. and the comment that someone made about "husband should his money, check his books..." is down right ridiculous. just because there are people out there that do indeed steal and cheat on their spouse. kathy isn't the type to do so. so before people try and be all harsh and mean about this know the person before you try and say things. we are all human and we all make mistakes, cut her some slack. she is an amazing sweet woman who [allegedly] took some money. big deal! instead of worrying about some money that was [allegedly] taken maybe our court systems and police forces should focus on murderers, drug dealers, rapists, and child molesters. but like many of us know, kingman really doesnt have anything better to do. and it breaks my heart.

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Article comment by: MW

Kerry Deering grew up in this community, and after leaving for college, he chose to return with his wife in order to provide occupational and physical therapy services to a desperate community (and has done so for over 20 years). I have worked for the Deering family for 17 years, and yes Kerry has been the center of controversy on more than one occasion, but it has been in the pursuit of what is right and just for his family, his patients, and his community. Everyone feels they have a right to dog Kerry and support Cathy just because of their hostility towards Kerry's status with the City Council. Why is this community judging the victim? If Cathy was being accused of molestation, murder, etc, the community would have burned her at the stake already. The focus should be on Cathy's day in court and not on how many City Council meetings Kerry Deering has or has not attended. Did you ever think maybe he was too busy taking care of those lucky enough to be his patients to take care of his books...that's what Cathy was for! Unfortunately she [allegedly] abused her job duties and is now having to answer for it.

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Article comment by: No Way out


Davis just as well plead guilty! No court in this town will buck the establishment, which Owner is a part of!!!! To bad the other side is never heard!

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Article comment by: Randy

@ kak

Oh yes, the punishment does indeed become harsher as the monetary amount increases.

Not sure about this particular crime or about Arizona's laws but in some states, depending on the specific nature of the theft, over $3,000 is felonious.

AND admitting to only $2790 means that the courts have to decide if she took the remaining amount. If the court decides that she is not responsible for the missing $247,210 then she won't have to make restitution!


Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Article comment by: LJM

Does Mr City Council need a bail-out?

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Article comment by: Srod

All I can say is Deering has a record for suing, or trying to sue people all the time. He has a big history for going after money and feeling everyone is doing something wrong to him. When does it stop? He has to throw out there that he is a City Council Member. She is not accused of stealing from the City Council, she is accused of stealing from Deering Therapy. Deering has probably only attended a handful of City Council Meetings (one of which he got his [rear end] kicked by another Council member.) Keith where are you when we need you? Obviously he doesn't manage his money very well to think half a million is missing, and all of a sudden he finds out where 250,000 of it went. Maybe half of that was spent on the Mrs. car or the private schools the daughter attends. Goofy @*!#.

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Misey loves company! This is so true for this community, majority are miserable and love to bring everone to their level. Cathy admitted to receiving a raise that was approved by [deleted] Kerry Deering that totaled $2,700 over the period of a few years, and now he denies approving. When this is all said and done the real thief will surface and the Deering family will get what they deserve and all you negitive Kingmannites will eat you words. Justice for all!!!

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Article comment by: sam

thank god this guy is not siting at the mayors office any more !or they will both looking for the $$$$$$$ this town is a joke lol

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Article comment by: C.C.

I will not get a lot of applause for this!

In the OJ murder trial the news media convicted him with a mountain of evidence that was mostly disputed in the trial!

This woman deserves her day in court unless she please the case! She may do that!

Her leaving the job when confronted does not mean a thing, except she was unwilling to face a outraged employer!

I have heard a story in the past of someone with the same last name getting into a physical altercation with a fellow City councilmen. Is it just the same last name or is this the same person talked about in the story?

Re. IDEA Ludicrous!

The problem with people these days is they saw a so called president get away with sexual abuse of the oval office, by saying it was not really sex!

Making excuses is the way out these days!

I can think up at least one outstanding defense for this woman that would work in any court other than Kingman!

All must remember this employer is one of the in crowd in this town!

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Article comment by: kak

She "allegedly" admitted to taking 2790.00..OK...

That would make her an "Alleged" confessed Embezzler...The remaining questions now are.

How much missing cash is she really responsible for?

Is her boss also an embezzler? Possibly now trying to transfer his "take" to her admission of guilt?

Up to 500k got moved around. Now 250k could be missing.. thats a long way from 2790.00

Why would she only admit to that specific amount?

Its not like the punishment would be per missing dollar..?

Sounds like more then one hand was in the til.

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Article comment by: try new hobby

Hey Spelling bee champ.

umm...Nobody cares.

I did once. Tho, found it was a fools game.

Pointing out bad spelling, and poor writing skills.

Would be like passing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.

A useless waste of effort.

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Article comment by: DUN TRED ON ME

i think dey shuld jus git er' done yeeehaahhh....NORTH AMERICAN UNION.

Seriously though, I can't believe how dumb some of these posters are.

@ KHARMA - After reading this article, I think I know exactly what you mean about karma.

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Article comment by: Dan

So,if I take a really valuable car,park it on Beale street ever night, all night, with the doors unlocked and the keys in the ignition, then when (not "if") it gets stolen the Kingman Daily Miner will give me front page space to talk about "those evil thieves"... Cool! I'm in!

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

I'm shocked that so many have stepped up with the noose. Seems the good boss, never checked his books! Kinda dumb of them both. Would ya think that the husband would wonder where all that muhlah came from? Better check his books too! If she's guilty, she needs help! Bravo for the open minds! Shame on those so quick to judge. An old saying from Romero, Kharma works both ways.

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy!

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Article comment by: Al G

I really don't understand the comments from people who have no idea of the truth of this situation.

My own interest is that anyone at all really commented!

AND, ICARUS, I'm with you. People; Learn to spell - there really is no excuse!

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Article comment by: Lisa

If she wasn't guilty, why would she immediately quit instead of continuing her job? Yes, it is a serious accusation, but if she is innocent like she says, then she should have continued her position until her point was proven. Quitting the way she did leads others to believe she is guilty.

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Article comment by: Icarus

I would just like to thank the Daily Miner for leaving in the spelling mistakes, they're HILARIOUS!

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