Portland woman embezzled $850K from Idaho hospital

Sara Curnow was ordered to pay back the money to St. Luke's Health System

A gavel in a U.S. courtroom. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, file)
A gavel in a U.S. courtroom. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, file)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Portland woman has been sentenced to two years, three months in prison for embezzling $850,000 from a Boise, Idaho-based health care provider.

A federal judge on Wednesday also ordered 44-year-old Sara Curnow to pay back the money to St. Luke’s Health System and serve three years of supervised release.

Curnow pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud.

Authorities say Curnow worked for Pinnacle Pension Services headquartered in Boise. Pinnacle handled flexible spending accounts for St. Luke’s Health System. Employees deposited pre-tax funds into accounts and Pinnacle approved disbursements.

Unused funds at year-end were supposed to be forfeited to St. Luke’s. Authorities say Curnow from 2009 to 2015 saw which St. Luke’s employees left forfeitures and created dummy claims payments, routing the money to her accounts.