Friday, December 18, 2009

Former Pennsylvania Political Aid Sentenced In 2nd Embezzlement Case

Lauretta S. Simmons, 44, of Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for embezzling some $1.2 million from Joseph V. Sweeney and Associates, a real estate development company based in Harrisburg where she had been employed as an administrative assistant for the past 10 years. Simmons pleaded guilty last May to wire fraud. According to prosecutors, Simmons embezzlement scheme lasted from January 2006 to January 2009. She reportedly used the stolen funds to purchase vacation homes, vehicles, gold and silver coins and jewelry. Simmons previously pleaded guilty in May 2000 to mail fraud for embezzling some $93,500 from the re-election campaign of former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.

Read the story here and here.

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