Accountant charged with embezzling $225K

January 18, 2012

HOOD RIVER - On Jan. 11 the Hood River County Sheriff's Office concluded a five-month investigation that ended in the arrest of Thomas Lee McDonald, 44, of The Dalles, for embezzlement.

McDonald, a former accountant with the Hood River Juice Company, is accused of stealing more than $225,000 from the company during a four-year period.

On Aug. 5, 2011, employees from the Hood River Juice Company contacted the sheriff's office after they discovered fraudulent transactions made by McDonald.

It was unclear at the time of the initial report how much money was missing or for what length of time the embezzlement had been going on.

In late December 2011, accountants finished their investigation revealing the nearly quarter-million-dollar theft.

The sheriff's office and members of The Dalles Police Department located McDonald at his residence during the late morning of Jan. 11.

McDonald, who grew up in The Dalles, was taken into custody without incident and lodged at NORCOR. He was charged with aggravated theft in the first degree and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Additional proceedings for McDonald are scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Hood River Circuit Court.

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