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Newfields Dunkin' Donuts manager accused of taking $8K, says she spent it on her kids

Union Leader Correspondent

July 17. 2018 8:17PM

NEWFIELDS — A Hampton mother is accused of stealing nearly $8,000 while working at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Newfields and using the cash to buy food and take her children to arcades and restaurants.

Kimberly Merrifield, 40, of 207 Landing Road, is charged with felony embezzlement after police began investigating a missing deposit from the store at 3 Winkler Way.

According to an affidavit from Newfields police Lt. Michael Schwartz, franchise owner Shawn Salema contacted police on June 20 to report that Merrifield, who was a manager, failed to deposit $7,875 into a bank account between May 25 and June 8.

A few days later, the affidavit said, Merrifield’s son turned in her keys to the store without notice and picked up her last paycheck.

Police reviewed a spreadsheet from the security division at People’s United Bank and confirmed that a total of $7,875 had not been deposited during the period that Salema alleges the money was stolen.

Salema gave police a printout of text messages he had with Merrifield between June 13 and June 20 in which he informed her about the missing cash.

Police said Merrifield initially claimed that she had been sick and would make the deposits.

In a text message sent June 18, Merrifield said someone else took the money, but that she is “solely responsible for all the money” and claimed that she would make sure all of the money was returned.

In an interview with police, Merrifield later confessed to keeping the money that she was supposed to deposit.

“Merrifield stated that when she kept the first deposit she intended to pay the money back before anybody noticed it was missing but got ‘overwhelmed.’ Merrifield stated she spent the money on things for her children to include trips to the arcade, food and restaurant meals,” Schwartz wrote in the affidavit.

Merrifield will be arraigned July 27 in Rockingham County Superior Court.

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