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Ore. woman, 61, gets 15 years for $1.5M in thefts

The Columbian
Published: October 5, 2010, 12:00am

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for embezzling more than $1.5 million from a timber company to feed a gambling habit.

The Register-Guard reported that 61-year-old Doris Jean Harris pleaded guilty to 68 counts of felony theft over a six-year period as bookkeeper for Transition Management Inc.

The Eugene newspaper said the thefts were discovered after the death of Ray Swanson, who hired Harris right out of high school as a secretary at Swanson Superior Lumber Co. in Noti.

Swanson later started a new family timber company, Transition Management, and brought along Harris as bookkeeper.

Harris apologized in court during sentencing Monday in Eugene, and blamed the thefts on her gambling habit, spending most of the money at tribal casinos.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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