Oct 6, 2011 3:08 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Ex-Great Sand Dunes worker accused of theft

DENVER (AP) - A former Great Sand Dunes National Park employee is accused of theft and money laundering in the alleged embezzlement of $730,000.

A federal grand jury Wednesday handed up a 198-count indictment against 48-year-old Lydia White of Hooper. She's accused of using government checks and charge cards to take the money starting in March 2007 and ending in December.

White is accused of conducting up to seven transactions a week using government money for her benefit in amounts ranging from about $1,000 to $1,700.

Washington-based National Park Service spokesman David Barna says an internal investigation led to Hoopers' termination, and her immediate supervisor was sanctioned and later resigned. A senior manager was also sanctioned.

Changes since implemented include the elimination of the use of government checks across the national park system.

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