- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A south-central Idaho woman police say embezzled more than half a million dollars from the College of Southern Idaho has been charged with grand theft.

The Times-News reports (https://bit.ly/1IvOjEx) that 41-year-old Dawn Marie Orr of Twin Falls is charged with five felony counts involving the missing $530,000.

Court documents filed Wednesday state that Orr, a former business office employee, has been issued a felony summons. Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs said Thursday that Orr hadn’t received the court summons yet and it’s not clear when she will appear in court.

Authorities said that Orr, with a friend, in July asked for a meeting with her boss, Mike Mason, vice president of administration, and the Dean of Finance, Jeffrey Harmon.

According to court documents, “She said, ‘I took some money from the college, and I have so much guilt that I cannot live with it any longer.’”

Orr blamed a gambling problem, police said.

Documents state that she exchanged checks for cash from the college’s safe and overstated billings to third parties. School officials said Orr didn’t have the combination to the safe, but had a key to the vault room.

“She had access to the safe throughout the day due to CSI’s practice of opening the safe in the morning and leaving it open during business hours as long as someone was physically present in the Business Office area where the safe and vault room are located,” court records said.

Orr estimated that she took from $50,000 to $100,000 over several years, officials said. But courts records say the amount of money that disappeared between fiscal years 2010 and 2014 is $530,000.

“Orr expressed disbelief at the enormous figures of missing funds,” authorities said. “When asked if Orr kept records of the dollar amounts that she took, she said she had not kept any records.”

Orr said she started taking money in 2007, detectives said, but the statute of limitations eliminates some possible crimes as having occurred too long ago.

The school says it has changed policies involving fiscal oversight.

Orr couldn’t be reached by The Associated Press on Thursday.

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Information from: The Times-News, https://www.magicvalley.com

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