City employee arrested for embezzlement

By: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
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Lincoln police detectives arrested city of Lincoln parks and recreation department employee Tricia Ann Files on suspicion of embezzlement of city funds.

Files, 41, was arrested Monday for burglary and embezzlement of more than $400, according to the city of Lincoln’s public information officer Jill Thompson.

In an anonymous letter to the editor to The News Messenger, a “concerned citizen” said that the embezzled amount was $100,000.

However, Lincoln Police Detective Sgt. Terry Kennedy said Wednesday that the exact dollar amount of the embezzled funds “is not known at this time” and he would not give a total amount “because the case is still under investigation.”

Kennedy said that “the embezzlement appears to have been going on for approximately three years.”

Evidence of the missing funds was discovered by one of Files’ co-workers in the parks and recreation department, according to Kennedy.  

A city employee since 2005, Files was a senior office assistant who manned the front desk, greeted customers and took sign-ups for recreation programs.

The department comprises a staff of three employees who will cover Files’ duties, Thompson said.

Files was booked into Placer County Jail Monday. According to the Placer County jail logs, Files is no longer in custody, as of Wednesday morning.