Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kansas Bookkeeper Pleads Not Guilty To Embezzling $310K

Paula M. Ely, 48, of Inman, Kansas, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges she embezzled some $310,000 from Louie's Service Center, a local truck repair shop, where she had been employed as a bookkeeper. Prosecutors allege that Ely misappropriated the funds between January 2005 and August 2009. Meanwhile, a civil suit has been filed by the owners of Louie's against Ely in an effort to recover the money. The civil case claims that Ely stole a total of $310,048.44. A jury trial is scheduled for April 21st. Ely was reportedly fired in August 2009 after the thefts came to light and arrested in October 2009 on the felony theft charges.

Read the story here and here.

Update (5/8/10): Ely pleaded guilty last week to one count of felony theft and agreed to pay full restitution in the amount of $314,779.66. Sentencing is scheduled for July 6, 2010.

Update (7/7/10): Ely was sentenced to three years probation for embezzling more than $300,000 from Louie's Services Center.

Pretty light sentence, IMHO....

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