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Office Manager
Tillamook County Soil

Office Manager
Soil and Water District


Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

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Tillamook County, Oregon - Headlight Herald Visitor and Relocation Information

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Close is jailed in alleged benefits fraud

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TILLAMOOK , Susan Close was in the Tillamook County Jail early this week in connection with new criminal charges alleging that she fraudulently obtained state unemployment benefits while she was employed by the Tillamook County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Close, 52, is accused of 30 counts of second-degree theft and one count of unlawfully obtaining public assistance.
In February, Close, a former Rockaway Beach resident, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland to charges of embezzling federal funds from the Soil and Water District.She is scheduled to be sentenced June 8 in that case.
According to authorities, Close applied for and received unemployment compensation checks 30 times between Oct. 26, 2004, and June 14, 2005.A spokesman for the State Employment Department said last week the checks she received totaled $11,341.
Close left her job as office manager with the Soil and Water District June 13, 2005, as the embezzlement scheme, involving federal funds for water quality and other conservation projects and a district credit card, began to unravel.
The latest charges against Close were contained in an indictment handed up by the Tillamook County Grand Jury April 6.A warrant was issued for her arrest the same day.
Tillamook County Sheriff Todd Anderson said it took several days to locate Close.
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Anderson said Close turned herself in to authorities last Wednesday, April 12, and was booked into the jail.
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In the plea bargain arrangement in that case, Close pleaded to one of five counts in a federal indictment charging her with embezzling $71,256.50 from Soil and Water District in 2004.The entire indictment alleged that, between 2001 and 2005, Close stole $268,000 from the district by ordering personal items on a Soil and Water District American Express card she was authorized to use, writing checks on the agency's bank accounts to pay the bills and lying to board members about the district's financial condition.
The federal case was Close's second conviction on embezzlement charges.In 1990, she pleaded guilty to charges of stealing $34,135.48 from the Salem accounting firm of Aldrich Kilbride & Tatone where she worked.
Close also has on her record a conviction on a misdemeanor charge of shoplifting in Multnomah County.


Federal authorities late Thursday announced ...

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Federal authorities late Thursday announced the arrest of Susan Close of Rockaway Beach on charges of stealing $268,000 from programs receiving federal funds.

Federal agents reportedly arrested Close in Richland, Wash., following her indictment on five counts of theft. Close, who worked as office manager for the Tillamook County Soil and Water Conservation District, was identified several months ago as a suspect in the disappearance of funds from financial accounts controlled by the agency.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Potter said the indictment charges that, from 2000 to 2005, Close made unauthorized purchases of personal items using a district American Express credit card.
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When the bills came into the district, it alleged, Close paid them using money from district bank accounts.


Susan Close sentenced in ...

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Susan Close sentenced in federal embezzlement case Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Oregon - Press Release 07-06-2006

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Susan Close sentenced in federal embezzlement case
Published: July 6, 2006 Headlight-Herald
Susan Close At an emotional hearing in Federal Court in Portland Thursday, Susan Close was sentenced to 21 months in prison. Close was accused of embezzling more than $268,000 in federal funds from accounts held by the Tillamook County Soil and Water Conservation District.
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Five Soil and Water District officials - Ray Monroe, Rudy Fenk, Paul Hanneman, Barbara Seaholm and Gus Meyer - gave dramatic, and sometimes emotional, testimony as victims in the case while Close dabbed her eyes with a tissue.


OPB :: OPB Radio

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Susan Close held on new chargesSusan Deborah Close was arraigned Thursday in Tillamook County Court on new theft and fraud charges.Close is charged with one count of fraudulently obtaining public assistance and 30 counts of theft in connection with state unemployment compensation she allegedly applied for and received while working as office manager of the Tillamook County Soil and Water District


Tillamook County, Oregon - Headlight Herald Visitor and Relocation Information

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Susan Close

Federal authorities late Thursday announced the arrest of Susan Close of Rockaway Beach on charges of stealing $268,000 from programs receiving federal funds.
Federal agents reportedly arrested Close in Richland, Wash., following her indictment on five counts of theft.Close, who worked as office manager for the Tillamook County Soil and Water Conservation District, was identified several months ago as a suspect in the disappearance of funds from financial accounts controlled by the agency.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Potter said the indictment charges that, from 2000 to 2005, Close made unauthorized purchases of personal items using a district American Express credit card.
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When the bills came into the district, it alleged, Close paid them using money from district bank accounts.
The case has been under investigation by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service since June.

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