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Woman accused of embezzling more than $80,000 to gamble

A Douglas County woman has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $80,000 from her employer to support a penny-slot gambling habit.

Laura Jennings-Evans of Topaz is accused of embezzling the money from Carson Valley Medical Center over the last 16 months while she was its accounts payable coordinator.

She told investigators she spent an average of nine hours a week playing penny slots at the maximum bet of $4.

The Record-Courier of Gardnerville said the 48-year-old Jennings-Evans was booked Oct. 3 on 47 counts of embezzlement and writing bad checks.

She is accused of making out checks for varying amounts in the name of her husband, then deposited them in the bank. The largest check was for $7,776 on July 8.

Jennings-Evans told authorities her husband didn’t know about the thefts.

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