Woman accused of bilking $172,000 from boss
A Southern Oregon woman was arrested Friday and charged with a string of felonies accusing her of stealing six figures from the owner of a Gold Hill business.
Christine Alana Ramirez, 41, faces multiple counts of aggravated theft and identity theft accusing her of taking more than $170,000 over two years from her employer, located in the 13400 block of Highway 234, according to documents filed by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Detectives say that between April 2017 and May of this year, Ramirez made 1,204 unauthorized transactions in the name of the business owner amounting to $172,675.46. Police said the alleged thefts involved the man’s checking account and two credit card accounts.
About $60,000 of that six-figure sum was taken over six months, according to court documents. Between Aug. 24 and March 8, Ramirez allegedly took $52,000 from the victim’s checking account through 18 forged checks, according to police, and took more than $7,800 from the victim’s credit card between Aug. 25 and March 20.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Ramirez Friday at her home in the 2200 block of Crestbrook Road, Medford. At the time of her arrest, she was loading a PODS portable storage container with the intent to move to Florida.
The Jackson County District Attorney’s office alleged that Ramirez began stealing from the victim as early as January 2017, according to an indictment filed in court Monday. The court document said the victim was older than 65 while the thefts occurred.
Ramirez made her initial court appearance Monday on five counts of aggravated identity theft and five counts of aggravated first-degree theft.
During the hearing, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia set Ramirez’ bail at $250,000 and set intensive conditions upon her release, ordering her to check in weekly and not to contact the victim.
Jackson County Jail records showed that Ramirez was booked into the jail Friday and had been released as of Tuesday. Her next court appearance is tentatively set for June 17.