Saturday, March 20, 2010

Alaska State Worker Charged In $724K Embezzlement Scheme

Chona Aguinaldo Agtarap, 35, of Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska, was arrested Thursday and charged with embezzling some $724,000 from the state Department of Health and Social Services, where she had been a longtime employee. According to authorities, Agatrap issued assistance checks from the state treasury to herself, using a slightly different name, and had them mailed to her Kodiak post office box, then deposited them into two accounts she controlled. Agtarap's scheme spanned five years, starting in April 2005 until earlier this month and involved more than 150 unauthorized payments to herself. Authorities seized a 2010 Nissan Armada, a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder, three four-wheelers, a Glastron boat, firearms, home electronics and furniture from Agtarap's home in Kodiak, believed to have been purchased with stolen state funds.

Read the story here and here.

Update (9/18/10): Agtarap was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

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