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Another employee of a Watford City accounting firm is charged with financial crimes after her boss — a federal fraud defendant — reported her alleged embezzlement to police.

Hannah Lea Lloyd, 38, of Watford City, is charged with felony theft of property. After a prosecutor’s motion, that charge could be amended to a higher level. She also could see an added charge of felony forgery.

Court documents allege she funneled more than $57,300 from the Watford City Park District for over a year using a fake employee’s name, two bank accounts and a limited liability company she reportedly created.

The case’s affidavit says that Lloyd’s boss, Rene Johnson, reported the alleged embezzlement after the Watford City Park District brought payroll issues to her attention.

Watford City Police subsequently investigated and executed search warrants on Lloyd’s home and vehicle, reportedly finding bank statements, a checkbook and other documents related to the transactions.

Lloyd is held pending $100,000 cash bail at the McKenzie County Correctional Facility. Her preliminary hearing is set for March 1 before Northwest District Presiding Judge Robin Schmidt.

Johnson employed her for more than two years until November, according to the affidavit. Lloyd reportedly had control over the park district’s account information and was able to transfer its funds.

Johnson, who is a certified public accountant, was indicted in federal court in September on counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and material false statements to a federal agent.

Her charges relate to $400,000 in allegedly fraudulent business dealings tied to the oilfield venture of James Henrikson, the former Bakken businessman convicted of ordering the death of his associate, Doug Carlile, in 2013.

Johnson’s trial is set for late March in Bismarck. She could stand to lose her CPA license in North Dakota, if convicted.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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Crime and Courts Reporter