A local woman has been indicted for embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from two of her former employers.
The woman, Veola Sutherland, 41, has been indicted on charges of theft over $60,000 and theft over $10,000 for allegedly stealing from NurseOne and Zinnia Health.
At the request of 31st District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, on Dec. 19, 2014, TBI special agents joined McMinnville Police in investigating a report of an embezzlement scheme at NurseOne, a McMinnville business that outsources nursing staff.
Sutherland was employed by NurseOne from July 2010 through October 2013 as director of finance. She worked for Zinnia immediately after her time with NurseOne. Investigators say the schemes were similar in the case of both businesses.
The investigation was sparked after the Internal Revenue Service discovered discrepancies with the payroll paid out by the businesses. The resulting investigation revealed bank statements from January 2012 through October 2013 indicated Sutherland falsified employee accounts and deposited the checks into her own personal savings and checking accounts, as well as putting them into pre-paid charge cards.
The Warren County grand jury heard evidence in the case last week and opted to return sealed indictments against her. Sutherland turned herself in at Warren County Jail and was booked and released on a $50,000 bond.