Monday, March 16, 2015

Kansas Woman Sentenced For Embezzling $837K

From The Capital Journal on 3/11/2015:

A Lawrence woman was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in federal prison for embezzlement and ordered to pay $837,000 in restitution to her former employer.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Sharon Ann Holladay , 58, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court at Topeka to one count of embezzlement. In her plea, Holladay admitted the crime occurred while she worked as an officer manager for Westheffer Company, a Lawrence business that manufactures and sells agricultural chemical spray equipment.

Grissom said Holladay admitted using her access to the company’s financial system to transfer money from the operations account to a petty cash fund she controlled. She also used her access to the payroll system to give herself unauthorized bonuses and commissions. In addition, she made unauthorized purchases on the company’s credit card, Grissom said in a news release.

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