Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Illinois Woman Sentenced In $1 Million Embezzlement Scheme

Jennifer L. Campbell, 38, of Decatur, Illinois, was sentenced to 51 months in prison for embezzling $1,053,504 from Dowd Development Co. where she had been employed as the office manager. Campbell, who had previously pleaded guilty to one count each of mail fraud and tax evasion, was also ordered to pay full restitution. According to prosecutors, Campbell wrote checks payable to herself on business accounts and then failed to accurately enter those checks into the company's books and records. She then changed the identity of the payee in the company's check register maintained on the business computer and forged the drawer's signature on the checks. The scheme lasted for 7 years from 1999 to 2006, according to reports. Campbell used the money to support a lavish lifestyle, including jewelry, vehicles and home improvements.

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