By Shereen Siewert

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 43-year-old accountant who police say stole more than $80,000 from a Weston manufacturer.

Kim Poirier of Withee was an accountant at the business from January 2016 until February 2017, when the thefts were first discovered, according to the criminal complaint.

Poirier’s employer first became suspicious in early February when he received a call from a Clark County Sheriff’s deputy, alerting him that Poirier was under suspicion for embezzlement at a Clark County business, court records show.

In an interview with Everest Metro officers, Poirier admitted taking the money and said she used the money “simply to stay afloat,” according to the police report.

A review of company records revealed Poirier wrote dozens of checks to herself while working at the business, police said. The employer also discovered that a background check had not been completed on Poirier before she was hired.

Poirier faces a single felony charge of theft in a business setting greater than $10,000, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. An arrest warrant was filed May 23, one day after charges were filed in Marathon County Circuit Court.