Topaz woman accused of taking $80,000 |

Topaz woman accused of taking $80,000

Staff Reports

A Topaz woman who told deputies she gambled an average of $2,000 a week is accused of embezzling more than $80,000 from Carson Valley Medical Center over the past two years.

Laura Jennings-Evans, 48, is free on $25,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Nov. 21.

Jennings-Evans was taken into custody on Oct. 3 on 47 counts of embezzlement and writing bad checks after the medical center provided a list of checks allegedly made out to her husband.

Jennings-Evans who was the center’s accounts payable coordinator told deputies she spent an average of nine hours a week gambling the penny slots at the maximum bet of $4.

“I couldn’t stop, it got so out of control I didn’t know how to do it,” she told officers.

She would print checks out with the amount in the name of her husband and then deposit them in the bank.

According to the sheriff’s report listing the checks written to her husband, she started cashing checks on May 20, 2010, and the last one on Sept. 26.

According to records obtained by investigators, the largest check deposited by Jennings-Evans was $7,776.25, on July 8.

When she was taken into custody, she was found with four checks from Carson Valley Medical Center with her husband’s name on them.

Jennings-Evans said her husband did not know about the thefts, but expressed concern about her gambling habits.