Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Oregon Woman Sentenced For Embezzling $225K From Auto Dealership To Finance Lavish Lifestyle

From The Oregonian on 2/18/14:

When the jury returned with a guilty verdict, Rick Jones and Kristina Kaino-Smith wept.

Jones shed tears of relief. His three-year quest for justice had ended. Kaino-Smith, a once-trusted friend and employee who stole $225,000, would be going to prison.

Kaino-Smith worked for Rick Jones Motor Co. as a bookkeeper and office manager. She also handled his personal finances.

For 18 months, Kaino-Smith forged Jones' name on checks she wrote to herself.  Jones' money paid for Hawaiian vacations, spa visits, expensive make-up, gifts, and shopping trips to Nordstrom, Target, Victoria's Secret among other retailers.

"She was a big shopper," said prosecutor Sarah Dumont.

A jury found Kaino-Smith, 42, guilty on several counts of forgery, first-degree theft and first-degree aggravated theft. Clackamas County Circuit Judge Douglas Van Dyk sentenced her Tuesday to 3½ years in prison.


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