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OSP Arrests Former Redmond Company Bookkeeper For Theft of Over $227,000 Before Faking Own Death
December 14, 2012

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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A former bookkeeper for a Redmond-area business was arrested Friday by an Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigation Division detective on felony theft and forgery charges following an investigation for allegedly embezzling over $227,000 and then notifying her company that she had died.
 
On December 14, 2012, OSP arrested CHRISTINE MARIE HARRIS, age 36, at a Prineville residence after she was indicted by a Deschutes County grand jury for 6 counts of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and 8 counts of Forgery in the First Degree. HARRIS was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail pending an appearance in Deschutes County Circuit Court.
 
HARRIS worked as a bookkeeper for UDI Corporation in Redmond until September 4, 2012. On September 5, 2012, HARRIS faked her death by notifying her employer in an email in her mother's name that she had died. OSP was contacted and started the investigation September 14th after the company's newly hired bookkeeper discovered the funds were missing.
 
OSP Detective Andrea Vaughn was the lead investigator with the assistance of the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office. Questions regarding this case should be directed to Nichole Brown, Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, at (541) 317-3120.