Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Montana Woman Charged With Embezzling $120K

From the Billings Gazette on 5/31/13:

A Fort Benton woman was charged with 16 felony counts of theft, common scheme, for allegedly embezzling nearly $120,000 from her employer, Northwest Physician Billing, from October 2011 to April 2013.

If convicted, Rachel Joyce Taylor faces 160 years in prison. The charges were filed in Chouteau County District Court on Thursday.

The investigation began May 1, when Fort Benton Police Chief John Turner met Jody Roth of Northwest Physicians Billing to discuss a possible embezzlement by an employee. Roth presented Turner with records showing multiple transactions where funds were electronically transferred from accounts into a bank account known to be Taylor’s, court documents said.


In an interview with Turner on May 2, Taylor described how she would sign into the bank account using Roth’s user ID and password. She said she would give herself money, money she needed to pay bills, documents said.

An investigative subpoena was obtained by Turner for bank accounts, and information showed unauthorized illegal transactions, documents said.


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