resident has been charged with allegedly embezzling nearly three-quarters of a
million dollars from the state.
to state troopers, Chona Agtarap may have stolen 724,000 dollars while working
for the State of Alaska Health
and Social Services Division of Public Assistance.
Last week, the Alaska Bureau of
Investigation received a report that the 37 year old Agtarap may have stolen
the money from the state over the course of five years while she was working as
a regional case reviewer in Anchorage.
investigation led to the arrest of Agtarap who worked in Anchorage and travelled on weekends to her
home in Kodiak. The investigation determined that she issued new state treasury
warrants to herself under a slightly different name and then mailed the checks
to a post office box in Kodiak. The checks were then deposited into several
accounts at two local banks. Investigators conducted interviews in Juneau and analyzed
computer records for evidence. Agtarap was interviewed Wednesday at her office,
which is located in the Frontier building in Anchorage.
On Thursday, a search warrant was
obtained that resulted in the seizure of property in Kodiak.
The spokesperson for the Alaska
State Troopers is Megan peters:
-- (State Worker "It
was discovered ... troopers in Anchorage")
The office of Special Prosecutions
and Appeals is prosecuting the case. Agtarap is charged with three felonies:
theft, fraudulent use of an access device and scheme to defraud.