CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A former Carson City Sheriff's Office accountant faces eight felony charges of embezzlement after allegedly stealing at least $100,000 of bail and search and seizure money over several years.
Laura Wissert turned herself into Carson City Jail on Tuesday after an arrest warrant was issued by a judge. Her bail is set at $20,000, said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong. She faces seven class B felony counts of embezzlement and 1 Class C count.
According to Furlong, Wissert was a Division Account Technician at the Sheriff's Office for more than 12 years. Officials at the department saw suspicious activity within the accounting system in August 2013. When the problem was recognized, Wissert resigned "on the spot," said Furlong.
The investigation was turned over to the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigations Division. Wissert was cooperative in the investigation, said Furlong. The alleged crimes were committed over several years. Wissert allegedly took money from an account established for money from search and seizures. The money, which is typically cash confiscated in drug transactions, is put into an account after conviction and dispersed among departments for programs.
It is also alleged Wissert took money from the Sheriff's Office bail account, and used money from the search and seizure account to cover money she took from the bail account. While the money she allegedly stole didn't come from the general fund, she targeted what Furlong called "the dark side" of public safety funding: money collected from drug transactions.
Insurance money will cover the loss as well as any restitution if Wissert is convicted.