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'I’ve never seen anything like this': Embezzlement investigation continues

Adams is expected in court for arraignment on Feb. 3

Posted: Jan 22, 2021 6:27 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- More details are coming to light after a former Linn County office manager was charged with 10 counts of first-degree aggravated theft and two counts of first-degree theft in an embezzlement case that spans over eight years.

According to police, 48-year-old Angela Adams allegedly stole $235,000 from the Linn County Planning and Building Department in Albany.

RELATED: LINN COUNTY EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING $235K

Police arrested Adams on Tuesday and held her in the Linn County Jail until she was released a short time later.

A Linn County employee told a supervisor last March he suspected Adams was stealing from the department. That employee then requested a financial audit of the department.

The audit was completed last November and revealed some financial discrepancies which led to a criminal investigation conducted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

During the investigation, detectives discovered receipts for cash payments had been deleted from the department’s permit software, but the Linn County Information Technology Department had backed up versions of those files in their archives.

"I've never seen anything like this in Linn County," Linn County Administrative Officer Darrin Lane said.

Lane said the department is taking steps to prevent similar crimes from happening in the future.

“We have a number of policies and procedures in place to significantly reduce the chances of something like this happening," Lane said. “But unfortunately, those particular policies were not being followed.”

Lane said an investigation into what happened is currently ongoing. He expects to recover all of the stolen funds after the investigation concludes.

He said he understands the public’s worries.

“As a taxpayer and a member of the public, it's very reasonable for people to be concerned about stuff like this,” Lane said. “We do want to assure members of the public and citizens of Linn County that we take this extremely seriously. We've done everything we can to make sure that this investigation is completed thoughtfully, cautiously and in accordance with all the best practices to ensure that if something wrong was done -- we are able to take the appropriate actions.”

KEZI 9 News went to Adams’ residence to ask for a comment but were told by a man that no comment would be made at this time.

Adams is expected in court for arraignment on Feb. 3

The investigation is still ongoing at this time. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact Detective Matt Wilcox at 541-967-3950.

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