Friday, February 13, 2009
Montana Woman Sentenced To 10 Years For $345K Embezzlement
Victoria Ann Pehringer, 35, formerly of Belgrade, Montana, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for embezzling nearly $345,000 from her former employer, Rocky Mountain Supply, a ranchers supply store. According to court documents, from May 2000 to December 2005, Pehringer regularly altered the store’s sales journals and took cash from daily deposits. The thefts nearly bankrupted the company, according to its general manager, Doug Klotthor. Upon sentencing, Pehringer apologized for her actions and claimed she would make restitution. She previously plead guilty to the charges claiming she stole the money to support a drug habit that included methamphetamine, cocaine and painkillers. Prosecutors claimed it was the largest embezzlement case in Gallatin County history.