Farmington woman accused of embezzlement

Posted at: 11/11/2013 5:32 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

In Farmington, a woman was arrested, accused of embezzling more than $150,000 from the company she worked for.

Sooner B and B company vice president Jacob Hall said their ex-office manager was always considered a good employee.

"We didn't have any major issues with her or any concerns," Hall said.

Hall said one day Lorry Hammargren said something that didn't sit well with him.

"She made a comment about the owners and they would sign it without considering what it was and the manner that she said it just struck me as odd," Hall said.

That’s when Hall started going through the company's financial records.

What he says he found, was evidence that Hammargren embezzled over $150,000 dollars in a two-year period.  It was a big blow for the company.

"Obviously it hurt us financially. It caused us a lot of issues with our vendors. We found out we were past due with a lot of people that we were not necessarily aware of," Hall said.

Hall says the biggest blow was felt by the company's employees. The company had to close its Texas office and lay off 11 people.

"Money is just money at the end of the day but a lot of people's lives were changed by losing their jobs," said Hall.

We contacted Hammargren's attorney for comment. He told us the allegations against her aren't true.

The accused office manager is charged with 23 felonies. She is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for December.