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Medford bookkeeper accused of embezzling more than $161K from business

Medford Police says that she stole tens of thousands from Western Auto Sales and RV.

Posted: May 5, 2020 4:19 PM
Updated: May 5, 2020 4:23 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Police Department says that a local woman's embezzlement of more than $161,000 contributed to her former workplace having to close down.

MPD says it first received a report of the "large-scale embezzlement" back in October of 2019 from Western Auto Sales and RV at 1492 Burlcrest Drive. The recently-fired bookkeeper, Notja Busnardo (AKA Brower) was suspected.

The case went to an MPD detective, who began looking through financial records for both the business and Busnardo.

According to Medford Police, the investigation found that Busnardo had embezzled a total of $161,434 between July of 2018 and when she was fired in October of 2019, and that her theft had contributed to the business being forced to close down.

Officers arrested Busnardo around 9 a.m, on Tuesday at her new workplace in the 2300-block of Biddle Road. MPD said that none of the stolen money was recovered.

Busnardo faces five counts of Aggravated Theft, two counts of Aggravated ID Theft, and one count of Forgery I. She's being held on $77,500 bail.

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