CCSO: Damascus bookkeeper embezzles $500,000 from nursery
A Damascus bookkeeper bilked her employers at a local tree nursery out of more than half a million dollars, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities have thrown the book at Jackie Lynn Stevens, 51, charging her with more than 50 counts, ranging from 45 counts of first-degree aggravated theft as well as computer crime, first-degree forgery, identity theft, and first-degree theft.
Police say the embezzlement happened at Jaycee Newman Inc, 13237 S.E. 312th Ave., a city of Boring-based specimen tree nursery brokerage.
Busines owner Deborah Newman told detectives she hired Stevens' company — Accurate Bookkeeping Solutions — using a job posting on Craigslist and a referral from another local nursery who had used Stevens' services.
The investigation reportedly started in January of last year, but charges weren't announced until Jan. 15, 2020.
"Jackie Stevens had been writing company checks to herself without permission, forging the owner's signature," according to police. "Stevens then covered up the transactions using her bookkeeper's access to the company's financial records."
The theft occured between 2015 and 2019, CCSO says. So far, only $27,862.31 of the allegedly stolen money has been recovered from accounts held by Key Bank, police say.
Stevens paid $10,000 in bail and has been released from the local jail, court records show.
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