Former building group executive director accused of embezzlement

The former executive director of a building association is being accused of embezzlement, identity theft and forgery and is suspected of taking more than $220,000 during the four years she headed the organization.

A complaint was filed July 20 in Helena Justice Court against Darcy Lynnea Larson by Deputy County Attorney Rune Vander Wey of the Lewis and Clark County Attorney’s office. She faces one count each of embezzlement, identity theft and forgery.

Larson appeared in Justice Court on Friday. No plea was entered. She and her attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

According to a July 20 affidavit attached to the complaint, Helena police were called June 9 by Corey Hill, a director with the Helena Building Industry Association (HBIA), saying there was a possible embezzlement by one of their employees. Hill said he and other board members had learned that Larson was stealing from the association’s account.

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He showed bank statements, fraudulent checks and other documents showing that HBIA accounts were being used for personal purchases for Larson, who served as the group’s executive director from August 2019 until June 2023, the nine-page affidavit stated.

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