Woman faces district court in embezzlment charge
January 20, 2012
A former accounts payable coordinator who said she gambled an average of $2,000 a week playing penny slots will appear in Douglas County District Court on a charge of embezzling $80,000 from Carson Valley Medical Center.
Laura Jennings-Evans, 48, waived a preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday and was ordered to appear for arraignment on March 6.
Attorney Tod Young told Justice Tom Perkins that Jennings-Evans wanted the date delayed until March so she could make a payment on the money she owes.
Jennings-Evans was arrested Oct. 3, 2011, on 47 counts of embezzlement and writing bad checks after her workplace provided a list of checks allegedly made out to her husband.
She told investigators that she would spend an average of nine hours a week at the penny slots betting the maximum of $4 a pull.
“I couldn’t stop, it got so out of control I didn’t know how to do it,” she told officers.
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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, 2011.
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 had 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.
Jennings-Evans is out of custody on $25,000 bail.