Creswell woman accused of stealing from family in need

Cassie Putnam was cited for theft by deception.

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 8:00 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2019 11:35 AM

CRESWELL, Ore. -- A Creswell woman was cited with theft by deception after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a donation to a family in need.

Skip Calhoun attempted to donate $5,000 to Echo Bell, a woman with six children who recently lost her partner, Doug Soy. Calhoun wanted to remain anonymous when donating the money, so he contacted Echo's friend, Cassie Putnam, so she could give the donation to Echo. 

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Putnam then allegedly gave Echo $2,500 dollars and kept the other half for herself, telling Echo that the donor wanted her to have the other half for being "such a good friend."

Echo then posted a thank you note on Facebook, expressing her appreciation to the anonymous donor for the $2,500. Calhoun, the donor, then saw the post on Facebook and realized that Echo and her family only received half of the amount he gave to Putnam. 

Putnam was cited for "theft by deception" and the case is now in the district attorney's office.

Echo eventually received the rest of the money from Putnam that Calhoun donated. 

Cassie Putnam declined to comment on the case. 

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