Public Safety

Vinton woman accused to embezzling nearly $300,000

Police: Money was stolen from car dealership where she worked

The Vinton water tower in Vinton on Friday, February 6, 2015. (The Gazette)
The Vinton water tower in Vinton on Friday, February 6, 2015. (The Gazette)

VINTON — A Vinton woman has been charged with embezzling nearly $300,000 from a car dealership where she worked for many years.

Kelly Ann Banghart, 56, was charged earlier this month with first-degree theft in Benton County District Court.

She was released to the supervision of community corrections pending trial.

No trial date has been set.

Officials at Ervin Motor Co. contacted Vinton police in September after finding suspicious transactions.

Investigators said Banghart stole $295,608 from the business’ checking account to make payments on her credit card accounts between May 2015 and August 2019, according to court documents.

If convicted, Banghart faces up to 10 years in prison. 

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