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Former Bank Branch Manager Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement, False Tax Return. This case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and the FBI and this is what they discovered!
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The former branch manager of a Mountain Grove, Mo., bank pleaded guilty in federal court today to embezzling approximately $140,000 from the bank and failing to pay taxes on that income.
A 46 year old Mount Grove resident, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false entry in banking documents and one count of filing a false federal income tax return.
She was employed by First Home Savings Bank (FHSB) for approximately 15 years, first as a bookkeeper and eventually as branch manager at FHSB in Mountain Grove.
By pleading guilty today, She admitted that she used her position to make unauthorized payments to herself from bank funds from 2008 to 2012. She secretly took money from the bank vault and concealed her theft by making false entries in FHSB’s books, reports and the electronic journal detail report. She embezzled at least $139,999 from FHSB, which she deposited into her personal checking accounts.
When she filed her federal income tax returns, she excluded her embezzlement income and thus under reported her income by $205,325 (of which at least $139,999 was embezzled from FHSB; the rest came from unidentified sources). This under reported income, along with additional unreported deposits, resulted in a total tax due and owing from 2008 through 2012 of $53,155.
Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, She will be held accountable for her entire tax loss – which consists of the $53,155 tax due and owed for the tax years 2008 through 2012, plus any fees, penalties and restitution owed to the Internal Revenue Service and/or FHSB. The total amount of restitution owed to FHSB is $148,851 (which includes the embezzled amount plus expenses incurred by the bank as a result of her theft).
Under federal statutes, She is subject to a sentence of up to 33 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $1,250,000 and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
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