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Former Idaho hospital CFO surrenders on embezzlement charges

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) – The former chief financial officer of the hospital in Sandpoint has turned herself in on embezzlement charges.

Sheriff Daryl Wheeler says former Bonner General Health CFO Noralina Harvel was booked, fingerprinted and released on bond, according to reports in the Bonner County Daily Bee.

Police say the 47-year-old Harvel stole $220,000 from the hospital between 2012 and 2014.

According to court documents, officials noticed a problem when a vendor asked about a change of address by Harvel.

Hospital CEO Sheryl Rickard says the audit was stalled because of shredded documents and a phony bank account that the hospital had difficulty accessing.

Harvel’s bond was reduced after her attorney, Craig Zanetti, said she has no criminal history and is connected to the community.

Harvel and Zanetti didn’t reply to a request for comment Tuesday.


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