Clay County FL (Aug 2018)

A Clay County woman, a former bookkeeper for a chiropractor’s office, is accused of embezzling more than $250,000 from the business.

An arrest report says that Melinda Dawn Wilkes used the money to fund her own two businesses — as well as “pay for extracurricular activities for her kids.”

Investigators determined cash was taken from 2009-2016. Wilkes, 45, was arrested Aug. 3, but records show the case began back in 2016.

Wilkes, the daughter-in-law of recently deceased judge William Wilkes, is charged with grand theft and schemes to defraud.

According to the arrest warrant, Wilkes retained an attorney and declined to answer any questions or provide information.