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Woman sentenced for embezzling $1.1M from medical practices

By Associated Press
Published: January 6, 2021, 8:16am

PORTLAND — A bookkeeper from LaGrande, Ore., who embezzled over $1.1 million from the medical and dental practices where she worked to support a lavish lifestyle was sentenced to four years in federal prison.

The betrayal by Anndrea Jacobs continued for at least five years — including after her arrest while she was on pretrial supervision, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Bounds said.

Jacobs, 49, speaking by phone from Multnomah County’s Inverness Jail Tuesday, told the judge she got “caught up in living a double life, things just spiraled out of control.”

“I’m willing to put in the work and dedication it’s going to take to make amends,” she said.

Jacobs pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return for 2011, aggravated identity theft in the furthering of wire fraud and impersonating an IRS employee.

U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez ordered Jacobs to pay $1.2 million in restitution.

From January 2011 through December 2015, Jacobs wrote business checks from a LaGrande urologist’s practice to herself. To hide her fraud, she prepared and maintained false business financial records, overstating expenses and estimated tax payments, according to Bounds.

She engaged in bank fraud in 2019, depositing insurance checks made out to a second employer, a Hood River dental practice, into her Wells Fargo Bank account and then spent the money on herself, Bounds said.

Jacobs has been in custody since August after violating her release conditions.