The former director of Portland's federal halfway house pleaded guilty to embezzling about $213,787 from a government-funded nonprofit. Laura Marie Edwards served as executive director of the Oregon Halfway House from 2007 until 2010, when she was suspected of stealing from the nonprofit now known as the Northwest Regional Re-Entry Center. She had misused a debit card meant for business purposes, according to court records. Edwards had purchased goods from the Adoption Shoppe, an online business she owned, as part of a scheme to put the nonprofit's money into her personal bank account, records show.
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