Woman charged with embezzling $20,000

Suspect was bookkeeper for the Eagle Point Irrigation District for 15 years before the alleged crime was detected

A Central Point woman faces theft and forgery charges for allegedly embezzling $20,000 from the Eagle Point Irrigation District, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported.

Rebecca Lynn Santana, 61, was cited and released Thursday on charges of first-degree aggravated theft and first-degree forgery.

Irrigation district officials notified law enforcement after discovering discrepancies in account documents, a Sheriff's Department news release said. Detectives said that Santana, a bookkeeper for the district, embezzled more than $20,000 over a two-year period. Santana's employment was terminated after the alleged theft was discovered, officials said.

"Our own checks and balances discovered the discrepancies" this week, said David Ford, manager of the irrigation district.

He said Santana had worked there for about 15 years.

The case will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

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