Merrill City Recorder Charged With Theft

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, March 20 2013 at 5:09 PM, Updated: Wed, March 20 2013 at 5:18 PM

A former City Recorder has been accused of embezzling about 75 thousand dollars from the city of Merrill.

48 year old Deborah Sue Fuller faces multiple charges of aggravated theft, first-degree theft, and official misconduct.

Merrill City Marshal Brian Bicknell notes that Fuller resigned from her position of City Recorder in July of last year when the investigation began...

"Just becoming aware of the possibility of money not being handled correctly inside the office, caught my attention and prompted me to look into it further."

Court records say Fuller stole money between July of 2009 and June of 2013.

"I think it's important to realize that there are 900-plus victims to this crime."  Pointed out Marshal Bicknell.  "And that would be all the residents in the city of Merrill."

Due to a potential conflict of interest, Marshal Bicknell has turned the investigation over to the Oregon State Police.

Mayor Tim Saunders says the City of Merrill is taking steps to prevent the situation from happening again...

"We've changed how we bring in our money, how it's recorded, how it's deposited."

"The entire accounting procedure for the City of Merrill has changed."  Added Bicknell.

Fuller was booked and released on the charges today.  Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 1.

Mayor Saunders says he has an important task ahead...

"We need to gain the trust back from the citizens to the City of Merrill."

Deborah Fuller faces 8 counts of first-degree theft, 4 counts of aggravated theft, and 1 count of official misconduct in the first degree.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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