n November 8th, 2017, California Oregon Broadcasting Company (COBI), located in the 100 block of S. Fir Street, Medford, reported that a former bookkeeper, Annie Knifong, 48, was suspected of embezzling over $400,000 over a period of approximately seven years. Knifong had resigned from the company in September, 2017.
The investigation revealed that Knifong had embezzled a total of $513,819 from 2011 to 2017. The money was being deposited into her personal bank account. Detectives determined that Knifong used her position, as well as corporate information from another employee to complete the theft.
During an examination of Knifong’s bank account, it was discovered approximately $25,000 was deposited into her account after she had resigned from COBI. It was discovered that Knifong used a power of attorney for her 88 year old mother to deposit the money. The victim suffers from Alzheimer’s and the money was determined to have been used for Knifong’s own benefit.
On April 4th, 2018, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Knifong, along with her attorney, met with detectives. Knifong was arrested and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:
- Aggravated Theft 1st Degree (2 counts)
- Identity Theft
- Laundering a Monetary Instrument
- Computer Crime
- Criminal Mistreatment 1st Degree.