Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Former Oregon Bookkeeper Accused Of Embezzling $1.2 Million Over 13 Years

Doris Jean Harris, 61, of Eugene, Oregon, has been accused in a civil suit filed against her of embezzling at least $1.2 million from Transition Management Inc., where she had been employed as a bookkeeper. Harris reportedly resigned last April, a week after the IRS began an investigation at the company. The suit alleges Harris' thefts spanned a 13 year period. Details of the embezzlement are unclear at this time, however, she has reportedly admitted the thefts and claims to pay back the company.

Read the story here.

Update (10/5/10): Harris was sentenced to 15 years in prison for embezzling what is now believed to be $1.5 million from Transition Management. She pleaded guilty to 68 counts of felony theft. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $1.2 million. She has blamed the thefts on a gambling addiction. Harris apparently kept some of the company payroll taxes for herself instead of remitting them to the IRS. Harris had worked for the company and a predecessor company for 42 years.

Read an update on the story here.

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