Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Former Virginia Bookkeeper Sentenced For $270K Embezzlement Scheme

Rose Johnson, 45, of Hampton, Virginia, was sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling $278,013 from the offices of Hampton Roads Obstetrics and Gynecology where she had been employed as a bookkeeper responsible for payroll, paying vendors and managing bookkeeping. According to authorities, Johnson issued checks to herself for personal expenses and made unauthorized credit card charges for personal expenses. Johnson plead guilty last April. She must also make restitution of $256,126. Johnson's scheme was reportedly uncovered in 2007 after an audit revealed the discrepancies. At the time, Johnson reportedly admitted the thefts and agreed to repay the medical practice. However, the seven checks she issued were all returned for lack of funds. Her schemes may have dated back as far as 1997, when she began working for the medical office.

Read the story here and here.

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