Saturday, January 10, 2015

Idaho Woman Charged With Embezzling $130K From College; Spends It On Gambling

From Fox 14 KMVT on 1/8/2014:

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KZVT-TV )

A former CSI [College of Southern Idaho] employee Dawn Marie Orr is being charged with 5 counts of grand theft– that dates back to 2007.

Late July of 2014 – Dawn Marie Orr requested a meeting with college officials.

Court documents reveal she told the officials quote: "I took some money from the college, and I have so much guilt that i cannot live with it any longer."

Claiming she had taken between fifty and one–hundred thousand dollars.

She then added that she had a gambling problem.

Orr reportedly told them she exchanged checks for cash from the safe and that third party billings were overstated.

From there, the case was turned over to Twin Falls Police.

“Once this loss of money became known it turned into a criminal investigation and a legal process that obviously goes on right through the present moment and will go on for a long time” says Doug Maughan, Public Relations Director at CSI.

In 2008 the court documents state that she embezzled over 50,000.

From 2009 to 2014 the amounts steadily increased.

By 2014 over 100 and 30 thousand dollars was stolen and used for her gambling addiction.

As you can see it's plenty of paper work that the prosecuting office needs to sort through, which means it takes time to make sure the charge is right.

Grant Loebs, Twin Falls County Prosecuting Attorney states...

"Every case has to be analyzed carefully to make sure that we make the right charge. The more complex the case is the longer it takes to put it together."

Each of her 5 counts carry up to 14 years in prison.

CSI Administrators now have processes set up to prevent this from ever happening again.

"There are processes in place right now and they'll probably be more that will help us to scrutinize every financial transaction we do to make sure we have duplication of our efforts and our financial dealing and over sight" says Doug Maughan

Update (1/9/015): The amount stolen is alleged to be $530,556.

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