Maxine Bernstein

A former office manager and bookkeeper for a La Grande urologist is accused of embezzling about $1 million from the medical practice and impersonating an IRS official in an effort to conceal the scheme.

Anndrea D. Jacobs, 47, of La Grande, made her first appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland after her arrest Thursday morning on a 15-count indictment.

She entered not guilty pleas to four counts of wire fraud, five counts of filing false tax returns, four counts of aiding in the preparation of a false tax document, impersonation of a U.S. employee and aggravated identity theft.

She was released on conditions, pending a trial tentatively set for March 4, 2019.

The alleged fraud occurred from January 2011 through December 2015.

Jacobs, who controlled the medical practice’s books, records and finances, is accused of writing checks to herself from the business’ Sterling Bank account, using money from the business to pay her personal credit card bills, using the business’ credit cards for personal purchases and diverting payment checks to the medical practice into her own bank accounts, according to the indictment.

For example, on Nov. 29, 2013, she transferred $12,426 from the medical practice’s bank account to her Cabela Club Visa account, the government alleges.

She’s also accused of applying for multiple loans on behalf of the doctor and medical practice without their knowledge, falsifying the practice’s business records and presenting her boss with falsified bank and property tax statements. The indictment didn’t name the medical practice.

See more in Monday's edition of The Observer.