North Idaho woman accused of embezzling $500,000 fails to appear in court

North Idaho woman accused of embezzling $500,000 fails to appear in court

UPDATE: Lori Isenberg, accused of embezzling $500,000 from the North Idaho Housing Coalition did not show up for her arraignment Friday. A $500,000 bench warrant has been set.

A Coeur d’Alene woman who is accused of stealing a half million dollars from the non-profit she worked for failed to appear at her own arraignment Monday.

According to court documents, lawyers weren’t sure why Laurcene “Lori” Isenberg wasn’t in court. Her lawyer stated he had been in contact with Isenberg and didn’t have a valid reason why she didn’t appear.

The defense asked for a continuance, which the judge granted. Prosecutors stated they were concerned about Isenberg not showing up, but didn’t object to the continuance.

Isnenberg’s arraignment was re-scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m.

She is accused of stealing $500,000 from the North Idaho Housing Coalition, while she was the executive director of the non-profit organization.

In January detectives began investigating Isenberg. According to court documents, Isenberg is believed to have forged checks, opened companies to launder money, over charged tenants, purchased personal items using an unauthorized company credit card and opened accounts in her husband and daughters’ names.

During the course of the investigation, court documents also note that Isenberg’s husband was found dead. In February she reported he had fallen into Lake Couer d’Alene. His body was found a short time later.

Isenberg was arrested on February 26, booked on charges of grand theft and 40 counts of forgery. Right now, she is only being charged with grand theft in court.

Isenberg is out of jail on bond.