UPDATE: Anne Knifong, accused of embezzling over $500,000 from her former employer and her mother, was indicted by a Grand Jury on Wednesday.
According to the Jackson County District Attorney's office, Knifong faces charges of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree, five counts of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, Theft in the First Degree, and six counts of Aggravated Identity Theft in the First Degree.
Knifong was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on April 4, but posted bail shortly after. Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 4. Deputy District Attorney Zori Cook will be prosecuting Knifong's case.
(Updated as of Wednesday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m.)
MEDFORD, Ore. — A local bookkeeper is under arrest for the embezzlement of over $500,000, according to the Medford Police Department (MPD).
The California Oregon Broadcasting Company reported their suspicions about 48-year-old Annie Knifong to MPD in November of 2017. The company believed at the time that Knifong may have taken about $400,000 over the space of seven years, before resigning from the company in September of 2017.
Detectives on the case found evidence that Knifong embezzled $513,819 between 2011 and 2017. She deposited the money directly into her personal bank account, according to the MPD. Knifong is believed to have employed a combination of her position's influence and corporate information from another employee to carry out the theft.
Detectives also believe that Knifong received an additional $25,000 after resigning from the broadcasting company. In this case, Knifong used a power of attorney over her 88-year-old mother to take the money, according to the MPD. Knifong's mother suffers from Alzheimer's, and detectives do not believe that the $25,000 was used for the mother's benefit.
Knifong was arrested on Wednesday morning, April 4, when she and her attorney met with detectives. Knifong is now being lodged in the Jackon County Jail, and has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Theft in the 1st Degree, Identity Theft, Laundering a Monetary Instrument, Computer Crime, and Criminal Mistreatment in the 1st Degree.
Knifong's bail is currently set at $52,500.
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