Jodi Lynne Setzer

Central Point bookkeeper jailed for embezzling more than $200,000 from three businesses

A Central Point woman who was arrested earlier this year for writing fraudulent prescriptions to obtain thousands of painkillers is back in jail after allegedly embezzling around $260,000 from three businesses, police said.

Jodi Lynne Setzer, 42, was lodged Tuesday in the Jackson County Jail on numerous felonies, including 10 counts of aggravated theft and five counts of first-degree theft.

Setzer's latest run-in with Medford financial detectives stemmed from her previous arrest for reportedly stealing the identity of a Dr. Sandra Carmeci, who employed Setzer, to write herself prescriptions for 7,800 doses of hydrocodone.

"After we made the arrest for the illegal pills, we told the doctor's office to look into their books to see if there was any money that was missing," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "We also contacted places that she had previously worked, because we figured this wasn't the first and only time she had done something like this."

Detectives founds evidence that Setzer had written fraudulent checks to herself from January 2010 and February 2012, with a total loss of $20,477 for Dr. Carmeci's office.

Detectives then contacted a Rainier attorney who employed Setzer at a bookkeeper in 2007 and suggested that he look into his business records to see if money had mysteriously disappeared.

The attorney told detectives that he could not believe Setzer would have cooked his books, Budreau said.

"He though there was nothing to it, but then looked into his records and found that $200,000 was missing," Budreau said. "He was shocked."

Setzer is believed to have made numerous illegally money transfers to herself through the attorney's bank account. The loss was estimated at $204,000.

However, detectives believe the losses to the attorney's busyness were much steeper because the six-year statue of limitations had run out on previous thefts, Budreu said.

"We certainly think she had been stealing from this attorney prior to 2007, but because of the statute of limitations, we could not charge her with those crimes," Budreau said.

Detectives also contacted the Phoenix-based Noel Lesley Event Services, where Setzer had worked as a bookkeeper for a few months in 2011.

In that time, police allege Setzer wrote several fraudulent checks and made unauthorized fund transfers, with a loss of $39,200.

— Chris Conrad

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