- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of a part-time bookkeeper found guilty of embezzling more than $200,000 from her employer.

The court sent the case against Kristina Kaino-Smith back to Clackamas County Circuit Court for a new trial because recorded statements from her husband were hearsay and shouldn’t have been heard by jurors.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/Wp7hmo ) Kaino-Smith and her husband worked for a Milwaukie car dealer. Prosecutors said Kaino-Smith forged the owner’s name on 111 checks, and used the money to pay for vacations, spa visits and other gifts.

Kaino-Smith denied wrongdoing, but the jury convicted her of theft and forgery. She was sentenced to more than three years in prison.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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