Former OR halfway house director admits embezzling

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A former director of Portland's federal halfway house has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the government-funded nonprofit.

Federal prosecutors accuse 39-year-old Laura Marie Edwards of taking nearly $214,000. However, at a hearing Monday before U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty, a government lawyer says Edwards maintains that she stole less than that.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah Horsley told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/XzBD2e) that the dispute would be resolved at Edwards' sentencing. That's set for April 16.

Edwards served as executive director of the Oregon Halfway House from 2007 until 2010, when she was suspected of stealing from the nonprofit now known as the Northwest Regional Re-Entry Center.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com