Woman charged with embezzling $4.4M from former employer

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a La Pine woman was arrested this week on charges accusing her of embezzling about $4.4 million from her former employer over six years. The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office says the Oregon Pride Nursery filed a report in February involving suspected fraud. KTVZ-TV reports the business noted suspicious transactions and conducted an extensive audit, finding suspicious transactions dating back to 2013. The sheriff’s office says it was determined that about $4.4 million had been embezzled by a former employee identified as Jeanna Buxton. A Yamhill County grand jury returned an indictment charging her with 21 counts of first-degree aggravated theft. It wasn’t immediately known if Buxton has a lawyer to comment for her.