An Ashland woman Monday pleaded not guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to charges stemming from her alleged embezzlement of more than $100,000 from an Ashland business during the past five years, court records show.

An Ashland woman Monday pleaded not guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to charges stemming from her alleged embezzlement of more than $100,000 from an Ashland business during the past five years, court records show.

Marcella L. Arrington, 45, of the 900 block of Bellview Avenue, was arraigned on five counts of first-degree aggravated theft and five counts of first-degree theft.

She has not returned phone messages left today.

A 10-month investigation by the Ashland Police Department was initiated after the owner and management at Body Support Systems Inc. became suspicious of Arrington, who was employed as the business's bookkeeper for 10 consecutive years prior to last June, said Ashland police Detective Sgt. Tighe O'Meara said.

A Jackson County grand jury indicted Arrington June 20 on the 10 charges.

The company's vice president, Marni Owens, declined to comment on the case. The business, which makes specialized support cushions used in massage, physical therapy, chiropractic offices and other medical settings at its Ashland-based facility on Benson Way, is owned by her father, Thomas Owens, of Hawaii.

Arrington's charges stem from incidents between Jan. 1, 2007, and June 11, 2011, court records show.

The investigation into Arrington's alleged activities extended back only five years, O'Meara said, because the statute of limitations has expired for types of misconduct similar to those Arrington has been accused of. That ruled out the possibility of investigating deeper into Arrington's career, he said.

— Sam Wheeler