County employee arrested on embezzlement charges

The office manager for the Linn County Planning and Building Department was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 19, on suspicion of embezzlement, Sheriff Jim Yon reported.

Sheriff’s detectives arrested Angela Renee Adams, 48, in connection to an embezzlement investigation that began when, in March of 2020, a Linn County employee told the Linn County Administrative Officer that they suspected Adams was stealing from the department.

The Linn County Administrative Officer requested a financial audit of the Planning and Building Department after receiving the complaint. The audit was concluded in November of 2020 and revealed some financial discrepancies. The Linn County Administrative Officer requested the Linn County Sheriff’s Office conduct a criminal investigation. 

Detectives interviewed numerous Linn County employees and served a search warrant and numerous subpoenas related to the investigation.

Detectives were able to determine that approximately $235,000 of cash payments made to Linn County Planning and Building had not been deposited with the Linn County Treasurer in the last eight years, Yon said.

Detectives were able to see receipts for cash payments had been deleted from the permit software but were able to recover them with the assistance of the Linn County Information Technology Department, which had the files backed up in the archive system, the Sheriff said.

Adams was arrested and lodged in the Linn County Jail on 10 counts of first-degree aggravated theft and two counts of first-degree theft. The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Matt Wilcox at (541) 967-3950.

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