Trista Jennings pleads not guilty to embezzling funds from City of Anderson

Published: Jun. 2, 2023 at 12:13 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On May 31, Trista Nicole Jennings, age 37 of Anderson pleaded not guilty to nine charges related to the embezzlement of over $100,000 from the City of Anderson.

While financial crimes are often devastating for victims, some victims include entire communities. Such is the case for the City of Anderson.

Facing charges for stolen funds, Trista Jennings was arraigned at the Rabinowitz Courthouse on May 31. During her arraignment she plead not guilty to all nine charges against her.

Jennings was working as an employee for the City of Anderson, which is located north of Nenana and south of Fairbanks, along the Parks Highway. While she was an employee for the city, she allegedly embezzled city funds into her own personal bank account. Authorities were notified of the missing funds on May 12 and four days later Jennings was arrested.

Investigation revealed she had stolen at least $105,000 and potentially even more.

She currently faces the following charges:

  • Current charges post indictment (9 in total): Theft 1- Value $25,000+ (Class B Felony)
  • Scheme To Defraud - $10,000+ (Class B Felony)
  • Misapply Property-Value $750+ (Class C Felony)
  • 6 counts of: Issuing Bad Check-Value $750-$24,999 (Class C Felony)

Jennings bail was set to $500 during her arraignment.