Dawn Larson Convicted Again

Release date: 05/25/2010
Sponsored by: District Attorney Department

Dawn Marie Larson embezzled more than $60,000 from her employer, a local landscape business, while working as a part time bookkeeper. Over the course of 1 ½ to 2 years, she wrote checks to herself and used the company credit cards for personal use.  She was able to hide her thefts by using her knowledge of the business as well as her skills as a bookkeeper. This local landscape business was built from the ground up by the owner who started the business from a small apartment when he was in his early 20's. As a result of her thefts, the owner was forced to lay off long time employees and suffer significant financial hurdles. Larson was recently sentenced to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay over $65,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to two counts of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, one count of Theft in the First Degree, three counts of Forgery in the First Degree, and two counts of Identity Theft.  Larson was represented by her attorney Tom Collins. Bik-Na Han prosecuted the case for the Washington County DA's office.

At the time of the recent crimes, Larson was on probation for a 2005 Aggravated Theft in the First Degree conviction. In the prior Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, Larson had stolen over $30,000 from the Vose Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.