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Milwaukie asst. city recorder indicted on theft charges

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MILWAUKIE, OR (KPTV) -

Milwaukie police officers arrested a woman on Wednesday after a Clackamas County Grand Jury indicted her on multiple charges.

The charges against Juli Howard stem from when she was employed as an assistant city recorder for Milwaukie City Hall, detectives said.

She faces charges including four counts of theft I, one count of theft II, one count of theft III, six counts of official misconduct and six counts of computer crimes.

Following Howard's arrest she was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

Bail was set at $150,000.

In August of 2012, the City of Milwaukie's Finance Department and Municipal Court personnel recognized a pattern in money transactions that were deemed suspicious, police said.

During the course of an internal financial audit, anomalies in cash transactions were discovered.

City Hall administration forwarded these concerns to the Milwaukie Police Department for investigation, which was immediately coordinated with the Clackamas County District Attorney's office, FOX 12 learned.

Police detectives initiated a formal criminal investigation that resulted in the issuance of several search warrants executed at Milwaukie City Hall, and the suspect's home, officers said.

According to police, the purpose of the search warrants was to safeguard and preserve any evidence regarding irregular court receipts and documents.

A related parallel internal personnel action resulted in Howard resigning from the city of Milwaukie shortly thereafter, police said.

Police said that there is no credible evidence, at this time, that any other employees were involved or that Howard had outside accomplices.

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