Santa Rosa bookkeeper accused of bilking 3rd customer

A Santa Rosa bookkeeper accused of stealing from two clients is suspected of bilking a third out of $102,000 over four years, Petaluma police said Monday.

Charity D. Howder, 36, will face additional charges of embezzlement in court Tuesday as well as forgery and fiduciary elder abuse, Sonoma County District Attorney's Office officials said.

Howder ran the bookkeeping business G&C Financial and worked for clients throughout the county, Police Lt. Tim Lyons said.

In the most recent case, Howder is suspected of stealing from Andreoli's Towing in Cotati from January 2007 to December 2011, Lyons said.

She already was charged with stealing more than $262,000 from two clients, Project Management Practice Inc. of Petaluma and the family law practice of Charlotte Creaghan in Rohnert Park, police said.

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