Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Florida Woman Sent To Prison For Embezzling Again While On Probation For Conviction In $400K Embezzlement Case

From the Bradenton Herald on 2/21/2015:

Already convicted of fraud, Bradenton bookkeeper, sentenced to prison for committing more fraud

MANATEE -- A Bradenton bookkeeper was sentenced to eight years in prison after violating her probation from a 2009 case in which she embezzled more than $400,000 from an employer by committing fraud against another employer, voter fraud and insurance fraud, according to the State Attorney's Office.

Annique Lesage, currently going by her married name, Annique Newton, will serve eight years in a Florida prison followed by 15 years probation in which she will be required to complete paying her restitution and undergo a physiological evaluation, according to a news release.

Lesage's first violation arose after her arrest in July 2013, when she was charged with scheming to defraud Cactus Sky Communications, a small Bradenton marketing firm, after allegedly helping herself to more than $17,000. At the time, she was still on probation for the sentence she received in a 2009 Sarasota case when she was convicted of first-degree grand theft and fraudulent use of credit cards.

Newton received a 21.9-month prison sentence and 28 years' probation in that case.

The terms of Newton's probation stipulated that she needed to report any new employment to her probation officer, who then must contact the employer to assure them she was not handling money.

Lesage is set to stand trail in the scheming to defraud case during the March 16 two-week trial period.
In November, Lesage was sentenced to credit for time served after entering a plea of no contest in the voting-fraud and insurance-fraud charges against her. ... Read the whole story here.

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