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Former bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing from employer, ailing relative

Anne Knifong stole more than $700K from her company and another $25K from a relative with Alzheimer's, the Jackson County District Attorney's Office said.

Posted: Dec 5, 2019 3:42 PM
Updated: Dec 5, 2019 3:52 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The former bookkeeper for a local media company was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday for embezzling from both her employer and her ailing mother, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Officers with Medford Police arrested 48-year-old Anne Knifong in early April of 2018 after the California Oregon Broadcasting Company reported its suspicions to the agency.

The DA's Office said that Knifong began stealing money as far back as May of 2012. Over the following years, she stole more than $700,000. She also took $25,000 from her 88-year-old mother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

"Those funds were intended for the relative's care, but were used by Knifong for her personal bills," the DA's Office said.

Because of the statute of limitations, only crimes from May of 2012 and the following years were charged. Restitution in the case amounted to just over $536,000.

Knifong pleaded guilty to Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree, Aggravated Identity Theft, and Aggravated Theft in the First Degree. She was sentenced to two years in the Oregon Department of Corrections.

The DA's Office said that two victims spoke at the sentencing, touching on the betrayal of trust they felt. Knifong spoke through her attorney, saying that "she felt sorry for what she had done," and that she had stolen the money to pay for her mother's care and a special needs family member's treatment.

Knifong had no prior criminal history, the DA's Office said. Her case was investigated by Detective Kirk Cromwell with MPD and by Adult Protective Services.

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