Woman suspected of embezzling from 2 local organizations arrested in Maine

SAN DIEGO - A local woman suspected of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from two organizations has been arrested in Maine.

The arrest of Carrie Richardson in Harpswell, Maine triggered cheers Wednesday more than 3,000 miles away in San Marcos.

Police in Maine say Richardson embezzled at least $80,000 from a Ramada Inn. She was their bookkeeper from January of 2012 to January 2013.

But it is what she is accused of doing in the San Diego area in the prior decade that had her on the run, until now.

Richardson is suspected of embezzling nearly $200,000 from the Escondido Pop Warner football league.

She also worked at North County Yamaha from 2003 to 2011. In that time, owner Julie Hurkman told 10News Richardson was quietly stealing more than $75,000.

Hurkman told 10News last year that Richardson was swiping her personal debit card at the store and then stopping the charge before it went through. She would then refund herself with North County Yamaha's business bank account.

"It devastated me because she was an employee here for eight years," said Hurkman. "She sat right across from me. I knew her, her family. She did things with us personally and in the business we've known her for years and then to have her embezzle from us, it was an extreme violation."

Richardson is now 37 years old and is being held on $100,000 bail.

After her arrest in Maine late Tuesday afternoon, it was discovered that Richardson was wanted on warrants in San Diego County.

The employees at North County Yamaha now plan to throw a party after hearing of Richardson's arrest.

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