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Elko woman charged with embezzlement

Elko woman charged with embezzlement

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ELKO – An Elko woman accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a local landscaping business has been arrested on multiple charges.

A criminal complaint filed in September against Elaine A. Taylor, 48, lists 89 checks that she allegedly cashed or attempted to cash from the business account while she served as office manager and bookkeeper over the past three years.

According to a police report, the business owner began noticing a pattern of Taylor “writing herself a payroll check and then forging herself another check around that same time.”

A detective with the Elko Police Department began investigating the case in February 2020 but went on extended leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the investigation resumed, police were told that a local restaurant owner paid the business more than $10,000 in cash that was never deposited in the business account.

After police interviewed Taylor in August, she reportedly sent an email to her former employer admitting to writing the checks to herself, and apologizing. A copy of the email was given to the police as evidence.

Taylor was arrested Monday and booked at Elko County Jail with bail listed at $25,000.

She is charged with embezzling more than $3,500, a category B felony; or in the alternative a category C felony. She is also charged with forging 89 checks, a category D felony.

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